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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Hospitals warned of alarm fatigue

The national organization that accredits hospitals warned Monday that the constant beeping of alarms on patient monitors de­sensitizes caregivers, causing them to ignore or even disable the sounds that signal that patients may be in danger.

The Joint Commission issued a “sentinel event alert” to hospitals, saying the problem of “alarm ­fatigue” can jeopardize patients, and the commission urged hospitals “to take a focused look at this serious patient safety issue.’’

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