A nursing student is preparing to administer an IM injection to an infant. The nurse preceptor instructs the student to use which injection site?

Vastus lateralis

Explanation

•The vastus lateralis is the preferred site for infants and children because of its safety. The risk of injury to an artery or nerve is low. It is located on the anterior-lateral aspect of the thigh, between the greater trochanter and the knee.

Incorrect options:

•The dorsogluteal and deltoid muscles are not appropriate for infants because of nerve locations.

•The trapezius muscle is not an appropriate site for patients of any age.

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