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Surgeons work on a patient at the Christiana Care Center For Advanced Joint Replacement in Wilmington, Del. (Christiana Care/Flickr)
Surgeons work on a patient at the Christiana Care Center For Advanced Joint Replacement in Wilmington, Del. (Christiana Care/Flickr)

A Boston Globe investigation found that more than 200 hospital deaths over a five year period can be attributed to alarm fatigue.

Nurses and health care providers are exposed to hundreds of beeps, monitors and alarms in hospitals each day and there's a concern that they may be ignoring or silencing them because they have become desensitized. That may be putting patients at risk.

Boston Globe reporter Liz Kowalczyk tells us about the scope of this problem and what's being done about it.

This segment aired on April 22, 2011.

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