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Too much noise from hospital alarms poses risk for patients
Washington Post

Walk into a hospital intensive-care unit and hear the din: A ventilator honks loudly. An infusion pump emits a high-pitched beep-beep every six seconds. A blood pressure monitor pushes out one long tone after another. This particular racket, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, comes from medical devices and equipment that scans for potentially dangerous ­changes in patients’ heart rhythm, blood pressure and other vital signs.

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