This is actually a common scenario for a needlestick injury. Although many central line kits now have curved suture needles, many still have straight needles. How can you avoid a needlestick?
Trick of the Trade:
Use a needle hub as a thimble-like protector
Thanks to Dr. Bret Nelson (Mount Sinai) and SinaiEM.us for the video and great tip! Here's the link to the SinaiEM.us post as well.
Here's a variation on this trick by Dr. Haney Mallemat (@CriticalCareNow) and Ultrarounds.com.
Nelson BP. Making straight suture needles a little safer: a technique to keep fingers from harm's way. J Emerg Med. 2008 Feb; 34(2):195-7. Epub 2007 Oct 1. Pubmed