Gram – Joint fluid: gram negative diplococci and neutrophils – Shipped November 2014
A simulated joint fluid collected from a 15 year old female patient with septic arthritis of the knee was sent to category A, B, C, and C1 laboratories for Gram staining
Participants were expected to report the pres-ence of neutrophils and gram negative diplococci.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from G143
- Infectious arthritis is a medical emergency.
- Accurate reading and comprehensive interpretation of Gram stains as well as the prompt report of results are very important to initiate appropriate treatment while waiting for culture results.