We've gotten a lot of questions in here about the ventrogluteal injection site, so hopefully this will help clear things up a bit for everyone. I wish the pictures were better, but its frick'n hard as hell to take pictures while injecting. So if anyone has any questions let me know. Hopefully they are easy to follow and understand. I'll also attach a pdf if people have questions on injection technique.
trochanter. It is the knobby top portion of the long bone in your upper leg (femur). It is about the size of a golf ball.
2. Find the anterior iliac crest. The nurse will help you find the bone landmarks.
3. Place the palm of your hand over the trochanter. Point the first or index finger toward the anterior iliac crest. Spread the second or middle finger toward the back, making a 'V'. The thumb should always be pointed toward the front of the leg. Always use the index finger and middle finger to make the 'V'.
4. Give the injection between the knuckles on your index and middle fingers.
5. Stretch the skin tight.
6. Hold the syringe like a pencil or dart. Insert the needle at a right angle to the skin (90 degree).
7. You may give up to 3 ml. (cc) of fluid in this site.
Best way I've found to find it by yourself is to start at the trochanter move approx 1'' north then continue shifting your weight from your "off" leg and then back to the leg you intend on injecting. When you find the right muscle it will be bulging out whenever your weight is on the "inject" leg.
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i've ALWAYS heard the ventro is the best spot to inject both to avoid pain/nerves/veins/arteries, and to inject week after week year after year with the least amount of scar tissue or damaged muscle function. i'd be using 25ga. 1.5" needles...TH2, u had said previously that u were starting on .25s...may i ask y u switched back to .23s??
between this thread n solo's thread, i may build up enuff courage to try it out...i will note that the nurses at my doc also had no idea how to adminster a ventro injection tho.
one question: on the image with the triangle superimposed, that's NOT the entire viable injection area, is it? i was under the impression that the actual pin-spot would be a 1.5-2" diameter circle roughly in the middle of that triangle...and that missing that spot meant hitting bone. THAT's my one big fear with this injection site.