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Before entering into the scene of a rescue, the rescuer should perform an initial assessment to ensure that the scene is safe. Next, personal protective equipment should be worn to protect the rescuer before beginning to help. If the rescuer is alone and the patient is breathing, the rescuer may need to put the patient in the recovery position while they go to contact the emergency services. If the patient is not breathing, then perform CPR. The recovery position allows the patient to breathe easily, stay safe, and helps to ensure that they do not choke if they vomit.