Using the ventrogluteal site for intramuscular injection
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Using the ventrogluteal site for intramuscular injection

Kathleen Greenway Senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes University, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

The administration of intramuscular injections is a common nursing intervention in clinical practice. This article aims to raise awareness of the use of the ventrogluteal site for administering intramuscular injections. It describes the main reasons for using this site and outlines the complications associated with the dorsogluteal site. It is hoped that this review of the literature will shift everyday practice in favour of the ventrogluteal site.

Nursing Standard. 18, 25,39-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.03.18.25.39.c3560

Correspondence

kgreenway@brookes.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review