Definition of recovery position in English:

recovery position

noun

British
  • A position used in first aid to prevent choking in unconscious patients, in which the body is placed facing downwards and slightly to the side, supported by the bent limbs.

    • ‘I soon had her bandaged and in the recovery position ready for the ambulance.’
    • ‘If the casualty is conscious, put them in the recovery position - see below.’
    • ‘The recovery position ensures that an unconscious person maintains an open airway, that the tongue cannot be swallowed, and any vomit or fluid will not cause choking.’
    • ‘We put him in the recovery position, monitor his pulse and call an ambulance.’
    • ‘I put him in the recovery position but he would not stay in it.’
    • ‘Paul, an apprentice electrician, pulled the 34-year-old and her six-year-old daughter from the canal and put them in the recovery position.’
    • ‘Someone who knew first aid had put him in the recovery position.’
    • ‘Brave Jason immediately raced down the steep hill to drag his friend out of the water and then put him into the recovery position, making sure he didn't lose consciousness again while friends dialled 999.’
    • ‘He rolled Caspian into the recovery position, on his side.’
    • ‘Teesside Crown Court was told that had he been put in the first-aid recovery position and given urgent medical attention by the officers, he might have been saved.’
    • ‘Quick-thinking Ryan, who was just ten at the time, put his mum in the recovery position before calling an ambulance when she collapsed in February.’
    • ‘If the person is unconscious and you are able, place him or her in the recovery position.’
    • ‘But quick-thinking Sgt Lynne pulled Mr Johnson's tongue from his throat and put the biker in the recovery position until paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘When the convulsions stop, put the person in the recovery position.’
    • ‘I rolled him over onto his side, into the recovery position, and cleared his airway with my fingers, sticky with saliva and blood where he had bitten his tongue.’
    • ‘Gary was lying on his side in the recovery position.’
    • ‘If, when a person faints, they do not regain consciousness within one or two minutes, put them into the recovery position.’
    • ‘If the patient is unconscious and vomiting, move them into the recovery position by turning them on their side and making sure their airways are clear.’
    • ‘We turned her over to try and put her in the recovery position.’
    • ‘He also used his knowledge of first aid to put him in the recovery position, with the help of another passer-by.’