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Hospitals drowning in noise
Los Angeles Times

At 3:15 p.m. on a weekday, the busy eighth floor of Chicago’s St. Joseph Hospital is buzzing with noise. Alarms beep incessantly. The elevator dings each time the doors open. During the shift change, the “cocktail party effect” kicks in; people talk louder, straining to be heard over the hubbub.

“When I get home at midnight, I can still hear it my head,” nurse Pedro Arreza said, pointing to the electronic monitors. “But it comes with the territory.”

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