There was a post that caught my eye in the radiology/orthopod topic in the general residency forum. It mentioned a radiologist who read a central line as being placed in the subclavian artery. The woman died, which from the post implied that she died from the result of the misplaced line. I've been told that any central line that's placed into an artery should have a vascular surgery consult. Some of the old guys argue just pull it. My question is this... What's the general census on what to do with arterial sticks in the subclavian artery? What about the carotid? To quote one of the actors of Saturday Night Live's Coffee "Tawk" skit: Talk amongst yourselves.