Unconscious – breathing


Unconsciousness can be caused by a variety of medical conditions or traumatic injuries. Simple first aid steps can save someones life if they become unconscious.

Step 1: Check for any dangers to yourself or the casualty

Ask yourself – “what has happened, am I in any danger?”. If there are dangers present ensure these are dealt with. If the situation is too dangerous then¬†stay back and call for help from the emergency services immediately.


Step 2: Try to wake the person up

Shout loudly in both ears and tap the person on the shoulders. Do not shake the person excessively as this could worsen any injuries.


Step 3: Check to see if the person is breathing

First, tilt their head back. Then feel for breath coming out of their mouth and look to see if their chest is rising and falling.


Step 4: Place the person on their side, with their head tilted back

If the person is breathing, roll them onto their side and then tilt their head back. This position will help protect them in case they vomit.

You may have heard of a technique called the ‘recovery position’. This is often taught on first aid courses. However, it can be quite complicated to remember in an emergency. The basics are the same ¬†– roll the person onto their side and ensure their head is tilted backwards

Step 5: Call for an ambulance if this hasn’t already been done

Remember to inform the ambulance service that the person is unconscious.


Recovery position first aid video