Our patient was a young man in the intensive care unit whose heart and lungs had both failed, a consequence of COVID-19. He had needed both a ventilator and a portable heart-lung machine, but had recovered enough to come off of the latter. This meant surgery.

But just moving him to the operating room was such a Herculean task, our nurse-manager declared we needed a “pre-transport huddle.” This is the new policy since coronavirus came along, complicating surgical procedures that were never all that simple to begin with.