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Nurse education is key to surgical outcomes

Added: Wednesday 4 June 2014

Research carried out in nine European countries finds that nurse education is an important factor for the survival of patients after surgery. The study, published in The Lancet, found that every 10 percent increase in nurses with bachelor's degrees was associated with a 7 percent decrease in the likelihood of a surgical inpatient dying within 30 days of admission. Nurse workload was shown to be an equally important factor and the researchers warn that increasing the patient: nurse ratio to save money might adversely affect patient survival rates. The paper recommends evidence-based investment in nursing to reduce hospital deaths.