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Recovery position cuts hospital admissions in unconscious children, study shows

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i418 (Published 26 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i418
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Putting an unconscious child in the recovery position is associated with a significant reduction in hospital admission, shows a study that found that many parents carry out potentially dangerous manoeuvres instead.1

Loss of consciousness is common in young children, and as many as 15% of children present with at least one syncopal event before age 19.

European guidelines recommend that an unconscious child whose airway is clear and who is breathing normally should be turned on his or her side into the recovery position, which helps keep the airway …

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