Anatomical markers used to identify the ventrogluteal injection site

Photograph of an infant showing the ventrogluteal injection site. The infant is laying down over a carer’s lap, so the legs are down at about a 45-degree angle. The person restraining the child is holding the infant’s feet together with the right hand, and the left hand is positioned on the infant’s bottom, with their hand placed to indicate the injection site. The tip of the middle finger is on the iliac crest. The tip of the index finger is on the anterior superior iliac spine. The tip of the thumb is held against the index finger and placed on the greater trochanter. The injection site is in the middle of the triangle formed by the index and middle fingers spread apart.

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Last updated: 
12 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
12 June 2018