A nurse receives an order for an IM injection for a 3-year-old patient. Which of the following muscles should the nurse use for the IM injection?


•The vastus lateralis is located on the anterior-lateral aspect of the thigh. This is the recommended site for IM injections on a toddler.

•To find the location, find the upper outer quadrant of the thigh, between the greater trochanter and the knee.

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