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Hospitals look to reduce danger of ‘alarm fatigue’
San Francisco Chronicle

Hospital nurses hear them all day long – the beeps and rings that come from scores of monitors attached to the patients under their care.

The alarms may be real or false, but they can’t be ignored. A patient’s life could be hanging in the balance.

But during the course of a shift the noise created by these machines is incessant, say hospital administrators, and that’s creating a nationwide problem among nurses and other hospital workers known as “alarm fatigue.”