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State reports detail 11 patient deaths linked to alarm fatigue in Massachusetts

The elderly man had fainted and suffered a seizure. Doctors in the MetroWest Medical Center emergency room were worried his symptoms might foreshadow a heart attack. So he was admitted to the hospital and placed on cardiac monitoring.

The next morning, doctors’ suspicions proved true. A nurse found the patient without a pulse, slumped in a chair.

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