COVID-19 was an unexpected public health crisis that put healthcare systems around the world on edge. Hospitals struggled to meet the increasing demand for healthcare. There weren’t enough hospital beds, not enough PPE, and certainly not enough staff to treat the increasing number of critically ill patients.
Beyond the disaster unfolding in critical care spaces, the rest of the healthcare system floundered. Trying to provide care to patients while meeting the distancing, masking, and quarantine requirements proved extremely challenging.