News 12 Long Island reported the arrest of three caregivers from a Uniondale nursing home for neglect that led to the death of a patient.  The state attorney general says two nurses and a nurse’s aide at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility neglected an 81-year-old by ignoring the ventilator alarm (after it got disconnected somehow) for at least 9 minutes–enough time for him to suffocate and die.

Experts say there is a condition called “alarm fatigue” that sometimes causes nurses and other health care professionals to miss the sound of alarms.

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