Needlestick safety is more important than many people think. I took the pledge because I know awareness is about taking preventative measures. Sometimes you must remind yourself of the possible consequences of needlestick accidents. A colleague of mine had to be reminded the hard way. While at clinical in the emergency room I had the opportunity to work with a new paramedic. He was very skilled but seemed a bit overconfident. While inserting an IV into a new patient he removed the needle too swiftly, before retracting the safety, and stuck his forearm.