Quote from Jessica1234
what happens next? Do you get bloodwork done? Any medication? I am so scared, i got stuck today, it drew blood.
This is not a fun thing, scary, life endangering and downright nerve-wracking.
It happened to me 10 years ago, (my story later).
In case you didn't report it right away, do it as soon as possible so that you can have bloodwork or whatever choices your employer provides you after a needle stick. (immunoglobulins or whatever)
What happened to me was a needle scratch, about 3/4 of an inch long. I went to get blood that the dialysis nurse filled a syringe for, (so I could do a simple glucose test). The needle was re-capped and instead of twisting the cap off, I pulled and voila, recoiled right back and got the 3/4 of an inch scratch. Top it off, I worked at one of the north side of Chicago hospitals, (large gay community) and also worked on the floor that served as the overflow for the AIDS ward, and also that hospital had just recently lost their first nurse to aids that contracted it through the job. This is also the same week that one coworker had bodily fluids splash in her eye and another nurse had dropped a used needle and it stuck him through his sneaker into his foot.
Yeah, we were indeed all hyper aware, and careful but, unfortunately, these things can happen.
I swear to goodness, I went right away and had bloodwork drawn and got the Igg, (the patient did not have HIV but, did have other issues) and I also went for so many follow up blood works that the nurse told me to stop coming. I was paranoid. I did have some issues and really had myself scared that I picked up Hep C, really, I just thought deep down that I was contagious and would not share my pop or water or anything with anyone, paranoid.
10 years later, I calmed down and realize that I did not pick up anything.
Now for you, try to take a deep breath, and do what you are supposed to -scrub and wash the area, report it, get your bloodwork and discuss options that are available to you.
Good luck, you are not alone, it is a potentially very big deal. You have things that you can do that are within your power while you wait out to make sure that you have a clean bill of health yourself.
p.s. I did not even admit my scratch to coworkers at my next places of employment until about 8 years later, I truly thought it was bad karma, or I was bad or infected and that it was a dirty secret but, its not, it happens to the best of us. Bellieve me, you will become so very aware of needles and proper procedure and why not use that to help others too?