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Degree-educated nurses linked to fewer patient deaths

Hospitals with more highly educated nurses report significantly fewer deaths following common surgery, according to a recent study.

The research found with every 10% increase in the number of nurses with bachelor degrees, there was a 7% drop in patient mortality. Researcher Linda H. Aiken said the study also found low staffing levels increased patient risk.

Researchers examined data from more than 400,000 patients aged 50 or over, who underwent surgery across nine European countries.

England reported the highest death rate, where 28% of nurses hold Bachelor degrees, one of the lowest rates in Europe.

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