Resources - The Unresponsive Patient

Key Stage 3

Activity 1

You can either download the below image to add labels in an image editing software or to print
out and labels.

Label the parts of the respiratory system.

Outline of respiratory system to add labels

Activity 2

You will need another member of the family to practice this activity.

Ask them to lie on the floor, with their body relaxed and to act unresponsive. They should not react to you at all. Let them know you will be gently tilting their head back and turning them onto their side.

Once a family member is lying on the floor, go through the steps of approaching a casualty, checking their response and turning them into the recovery position.

You should complete these steps as per video in the 'Information - The Unconcious Patient' session.

  • Danger - ensure it is safe to approach the casualty
  • Response - kneel down next to them, talking to them and gently shaking the shoulder
  • Airway - place palm of the hand on the forehead and two fingers underneath the chin. Tip the head back slightly.
  • Breathing - watch to see if the chest is moving up and down normally. Look to see if they have blue lips or grey looking skin
  • Turn them on their side in the recovery position

  1. Outline of respiratory system with labels of body parts

Key Stage 2

Activity 1

You can either download the below image for your child to add labels in an image editing software
or to print out and labels.

Ask your child to add the following labels to the diagram of the respiratory system.

Pharynx, Pleura, Left lung, Ribs, Right secondary bronchus, Right lung, Trachea, Epiglottis, Nasal cavity, Right bronchus, Pleura, Left bronchus, Pleural cavity, Larynx

Outline of respiratory system to add labels

Activity 2

You or another member of the family will need to lie on the floor, acting unresponsive with your body relaxed. You should not react to checks for response from your child that are part of the role play. You will expect to have your head gently
tilted back and to be turned onto your side.

Once a family member is lying on the floor, get your child to go through the steps of approaching a casualty, checking their response and turning them into the recovery position.

They should complete these steps as per video in the 'Information - The Unconcious Patient' session.

  • Danger - ensure it is safe to approach the casualty
  • Response - kneel down next to them, talking to them and gently shaking the shoulder
  • Airway - place palm of the hand on the forehead and two fingers underneath the chin. Tip the head back slightly.
  • Breathing - watch to see if the chest is moving up and down normally. Look to see if they have blue lips or grey looking skin
  • Turn them on their side in the recovery position

  1. Outline of respiratory system with labels of body parts

Key Stage 1

You can either have a member of the family lay on the floor or you can use a large teddy bear for this activity. You can decide this based on the number of people in the family, the size of the family members in comparison to your child. The
the key is your child is strong enough to safely turn the family member on their side.

If a family member is taking the role of the casualty, the family member should act unresponsive with their body nice and relaxed. The family member should not respond to checks for a response during the activity.

You should get your child to carry out the following on a family member or a teddy bear:

  • Call to the family member to see if they respond.
  • Give the family member a gentle shake to see if they respond.
  • Get them to call for an adult if one is around.
  • Get them to see if the family member is breathing. (The family member should clearly show breathing to the young child.)
  • Get them to pull the family member onto their side.
    If they are rolling onto their front, get your child to place something in front of the family member to stop the rolling onto their front.
  • Get them to gently tip the head back.
  • Get them to see that the family member is still breathing.
  • If no family member is around, recap calling for ambulance covered in the session 'Resources - How do you get help?'.