Intramuscular injection technique: an evidence-based approach
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Intramuscular injection technique: an evidence-based approach

Sherri Ogston-Tuck Senior lecturer, adult nursing, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, Worcester

Intramuscular injections require a thorough and meticulous approach to patient assessment and injection technique. This article, the second in a series of two, reviews the evidence base to inform safer practice and to consider the evidence for nursing practice in this area. A framework for safe practice is included, identifying important points for safe technique, patient care and clinical decision making. It also highlights the ongoing debate in selection of intramuscular injection sites, predominately the ventrogluteal and dorsogluteal muscles.

Nursing Standard. 29, 4,52-59. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.4.52.e9183

Received: 27 May 2014

Accepted: 04 July 2014

Published in print: 24 September 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review