Anesthesiologists play an invaluable role in the management of hospital and societal crises, as has been so well demonstrated by our specialty's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An enormous part of the success and readiness of our specialty to respond to the COVID surge depended on the advanced planning that went on behind the scenes. Our role as true “hospitalists” and our familiarity with so many procedural areas throughout the hospital make us the ideal specialty to help a hospital to prepare and plan for crises in the future.

Anesthesiology spans the entire perioperative arena, including critical care. This familiarity allowed anesthesiologists to take the lead in setting up alternative areas to expand critical care bed capacity during the COVID surge. Planning was put into place ahead of the surge to expand ICU bed capacity into operating rooms and...

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