Gram: Wound swab: 3+ (6-10/oif) neutrophils –3+ (11-50/oif) gram positive bacilli (Clostridium sporogenes) – Shipped November 01, 2021
A simulated leg wound swab sample collected from a 38 year old car crash victim with a leg wound was sent to category A, C, and C1 laboratories.
Participants were expected to report the presence of neutrophils and gram positive bacilli.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from G213
- Along with clinical symptoms, a properly prepared, stained, read and rapidly reported Gram stain can provide information to aid the clinician– to initiate appropriate treatment while waiting for culture results.
- Neutrophils are commonly observed in Gram stains, especially from infected wounds. Their presence is an indicator of an active inflammatory process, useful in assessing the clinical significance of isolates.