Remember the good old days? Remember when OR’s were full and you needed to back up a Brinks truck to recruit an anesthesiologist, CRNA or AA? Remember when everyone was concerned with OR growth, market share and meeting quality and performance metrics? Ah, the good old days of February.
How things have changed in a few short weeks as a result of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic! Anesthesia providers are now being furloughed or laid off, some being asked to provide services in ICU’s or Emergency Departments, while elective surgical procedures, a significant source of revenue, have effectively come to a halt in most US hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. While the impact may pale in comparison to industries such as airlines, cruise lines and hospitality, it has nonetheless been, and will continue to be, a cataclysmic operational and financial change for the anesthesia delivery model in the US.