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Correspondence: jkempke@emory.eduEmail: jkempke@emory.edu

All authors contributed to the conception and writing of this manuscript.

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


Research Funding:

JAK and GSM receive support from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1 TR002378.

HEW received support through award R01-NR-012726 from the National Institute of Nursing Research.


  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Sepsis
  • Infection control
  • Public health
  • Prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • RISK

Sepsis is a preventable public health problem


Journal Title:

Critical Care Nursing Quarterly


Volume 22, Number 1


, Pages 116-116

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There is a paradigm shift happening for sepsis. Sepsis is no longer solely conceptualized as problem of individual patients treated in emergency departments and intensive care units but also as one that is addressed as public health issue with population- and systems-based solutions. We offer a conceptual framework for sepsis as a public health problem by adapting the traditional model of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

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