The Thong Conundrum: Ventrogluteal Injections

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Happy Sunday Post! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

So…there we were…debriefing at the nurses station. It was myself, my LVN, and 3 of my assistants (one of which is a new addition to the crew). Without a doubt, the veterans and myself were thinking the same thing…Why did he pull down the thong? 


You’ve probably heard about it. Nursing professors brain wash this into your heads, as if it were super important for the NCLEX. I definitely didn’t see it. It wasn’t even in my question bank set that I used for practice. If you haven’t heard about it…well…let’s just say it’s one of the commonly used sites for adult intramuscular injections. It’s pretty straight forward…there’s lots of meat back there to pass around. The site is located on the upper, lateral, 3rd of your booty. It’s a good site, mainly because it lies away from main arteries, veins, and nerves. That sort of thing. You get the picture. 

Anyways, so…after a code broke out, we found ourselves standing around a beautiful, ratchet, hypermanic patient. Standard protocol…we were attempting to redirect her, talking to her the whole time, reassuring her that everything would be alright. We were physically restraining her for a brief moment, in the seclusion room, while we waited for the LVN to draw up the shots.  

And then, as soon as the medication nurse came in, the new guy dropped the yoga pants first…AND THEN, THE THONG. 


Once we all got back to the nurses station, without a doubt, the veterans and myself asked the same thing…”So…Why’d you pull down the thong?” LMAO.


Listen, I’m not here to tell you what to do on your professional time. But, for crying out loud…let’s try to keep our patient’s dignity intact; no matter what mental state they’re in. If you happen to come across a thong, and you’re about to give ventroglute injections…keep the thong on. The site is already exposed. Lol. 



Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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