Gluteal injections in increasingly obese population: Needle length for intramuscular injectionsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7544.795 (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:795
EDITOR—Nisbet concludes that longer needles should be considered for gluteal injections in an increasingly obese population.1
What is a longer needle? In the fifth edition of the Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures the authors suggest the following needle lengths, based on patient weight, for gluteal intramuscular injections2:
31.5-40.00 kg: 2.5 cm needle 40.5-90.00 kg: 5-7.5 cm needle > 90 kg: 10-15 cm needle. They cite Lenz.3
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