Gram – Joint Fluid: gram positive cocci and polymorphonuclear cells – Shipped February 2012
The sample was a simulated joint fluid sample obtained from 40 year old male with infected elbow and was sent to participant laboratories for Gram staining.
Participants were expected to report the presence of gram positive cocci and polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) .
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from GS114-2
- Bacterial arthritis, also known as suppurative, pyogenic, or septic arthritis, is a common and serious joint infection with a propensity to cause rapid joint destruction and to leave the patient with loss of joint function.