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Unresponsive and breathing

If an individual doesn't move or respond to a shout or light shoulder shake, they are considered unresponsive. 


1. Check their breathing by tilting their head backward and looking for signs of breath.

When someone is unresponsive, the relaxed tongue can obstruct their breathing. Tilting the head back clears the airway. Look for any chest movements, or by feeling or hearing the breath.

If they're breathing, proceed to the next step. If not, act quickly and follow these steps.

2. Place them on their side with their heads turned back.

This position, called the "recovery position," keeps the mouth clear by letting the tongue fall forward and making sure that any fluids, like vomit or blood, drain.

3. Dial 999 immediately.

Ask someone else to make the call if you can't.

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