Med student gets needle stick when unsupervised sewing in a central line In this thread, a med student complains about getting stuck with a keith needle when sewing in a central line, and as she gives more information, I find that: 1. Her resident left the room, and she was unsupervised. 2. She was unfamiliar with the keith needle, and from the sound of it, had never actually done a central line before. 3. The resident insisted that she use the straight needle after she asked for a needle driver and curved needle (likely showing that she'd never even seen a central line put in before). 4. After contaminating herself, the student finished sewing in the line. 5. The student initially didn't report the stick. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Is it me or did the resident (an intern, by the way) really drop the ball here? He/she didn't spend any time going over how to use the keith needle safely, then left the room completely to let the student wing it. The student went along with this crap, likely out of a combination of over-ambition and fear of asking "stupid questions," two extremely common student traits. There are many other things that could have gone wrong that didn't, such as tagging the catheter with the needle, dressing the site incorrectly, the patient being high risk for HIV/Hep C, etc. To me, this behavior just seems completely unacceptable. I've worked in hospitals with a great deal of student and resident autonomy, but this is over the line, and when the student is too ignorant to know her limitations, it's the resident's responsibility to do the right thing, and I think the fault in this case lies squarely in the intern's lap. Is this common where you train? If it is, do you think it's ok?