Ventral Gluteal Injections: It’s Hip!
Using the best location for intramuscular (IM) injections
At UW Health, our nurses use current research to guide them in their practice.
Your nurse may now use a slightly different spot for medicine injections that need
to be given in a large muscle, such as your hip.
Why this change?
ξ The ventral gluteal or “hip” site is the safest for you. There have been no
reports of harm when using this site. Patients have been hurt when nurses
use the dorsal gluteal or “buttocks” site. This site can cause harm to the
sciatic nerve or large blood vessels found there.
ξ Medicine may absorb faster from the “hip”, making the medicine work
ξ There is a thinner layer of fat in the “hip”. Medicine is more likely to be
injected into the muscle where it belongs.
ξ The “hip” is a better site for older adults who may have less muscle in the
ξ You can lay down and relax your “hip” muscle, making the injection less
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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