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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2006 Sep;18(3):297-303.

Firearm violence in america: a growing health problem.

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  • 1Firearm and Injury Center at Penn, Division of Traumatology and Critical Care, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3440 Market Street, First Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


Firearm injury is a disease that afflicts many individuals in the United States, either directly or indirectly. Trauma and critical care nurses have direct experience with this life-threatening disease and recognize the high lethality. The magnitude of this health problem requires a focus on primary prevention. We recognize that any focus on firearm injury is often contentious and political; however, nurses bring a ready-made credibility and focus on evidence-based practice to the prevention of this disease.

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