UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • Positioning of unconscious patients with no suspected spinal injury.
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations
Factors
Procedure
  1. Kneel beside the patient, remove any spectacles and watches and check pockets for bulky items.[1]
  2. Place arm nearest to you at a right angle to the patient’s body with arm bent into the position it falls. Do not force arm into position.[2]
  3. Bring the arm furthest away from you across the patient’s chest and hold the back of the hand against their nearest cheek.[3]
  4. With your other hand, grasp the leg furthest from you just above the knee and pull it up keeping the foot on the ground.[4]
  5. Keep the patient’s hand pressed against the cheek and pull on the raised leg to roll the patient towards you onto their side.[5]
  6. Roll the patient gently towards you keeping your knees clear from their body and constantly supporting the head.[6]
  7. Adjust the patient’s upper leg so that both the hip and knee are bent at right angles. Adjust the patient’s hand under their cheek.[7]
  1. Lateral1
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  3. Lateral3
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  5. Lateral6
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  7. Lateral2
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  9. Lateral5
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  11. Lateral4
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  13. Lateral7
Success
  • The patient is now in the lateral position, allowing airway to be maintained and secretions to drain.
Discontinue
  • The patient is adequately conscious and alert to maintain own airway
Additional Information
Additional information

References
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