Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colorful cities in the world. Where else can you find so many famous museums, cozy pubs, fun shops, and flower markets?

Visit the 350-year-old Royal Palace, the City Hall of Amsterdam to enjoy magnificent paintings and delicate sculptures. The Van Gogh Museum is also a unique experience where you can see the most Vincent van Gogh paintings under one roof.

When the diamond trade was introduced to Amsterdam in the 16th century, this city developed into one of the world’s most important diamond centers. After World War II, almost nothing remained of this, but now the diamond trade attracts millions of tourists and buyers from around the world. Watch as diamond merchants give demonstrations in diamond cutting.

Be sure to visit Artis, the oldest zoo in The Netherlands. Here you can view animals from all parts of the world, and explore the Geological Museum, the Zoological Museum, the Plant Houses, the Aquarium or the Planetarium. Another important landmark here is the Anne Frank House, the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War II.

For a refreshing view of Amsterdam, why not visit the Heineken Reception Center? Afterward, jump aboard a canal cruise where calm waterways shaded in green foliage reflect five centuries of architectural glory. Evenings are an extra special experience while taking a candlelight cruise.

Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

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Just a short walk from Central Station and situated in the historic city centre of charming Amsterdam, the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel is the top spot to be after a complete renovation. This contemporary hotel offers a warm and welcoming lobby, renovated guest accommodations. The lounge bar 2B and the Italian restaurant Scossa, offers the opportunity for travelers to mingle, socialize, meet, eat and relax. Guest rooms feature amenties such as high-speed Internet, LCD TV, alarm clock, coffee maker/tea service, iron/board, mini-fridge, safe, hair dryer and more. Deluxe rooms offer 1 Queen or 2 twin beds with a max occupancy of 2 people. Family rooms off 2 double beds, maxium of 4 people. Club Level rooms offer 1 Queen bed or 2 twin beds, (max occupancy 2 people), plus  club Level guests enjoy private lounge access for breakfast, sips, bites and business. The hotel is located approximately 11 miles from the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and 27 miles from the Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM)

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This course is designed for physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the specialty or are impacted by it.


Presentations are designed to facilitate the physician, nurse specialist, and other providers maintaining skills of the same kind to review and update knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional:

Possess the scientific background for clinical practice

Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of not only the specialty, but also of all additional related disciplines which may impact it

Maintain an up-to-the-minute armamentarium of knowledge and skills for the selection and use of complex equipment, pharmacological agents, and procedures necessary for the provision of quality patient care

Manage self and colleagues to function toward common goals in the clinical setting, the clinical and educational institutions, and the community in which the practice resides

Serve as an expert in matters involving health care delivery; serve as an informed manager of clinical and educational services provided, including the acquisition and distribution of resources necessary in meeting professional goals

Provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

Apply the pertinent physical and behavioral sciences - to include but not be limited to advanced anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and social sciences - as they impact and are affected by the planning, delivery, and monitoring of anesthesia and related services inherent in the anesthesia professions.

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, and contraindications and precautions of presented pharmacological agents through the understanding of their physico-chemical properties, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, updated uses, and more recently developed additional, related, and similar drugs.

Outline comprehensive management plans for the group of patients discussed, whether related in age, physical status, cultural background, invasive procedure, anesthetic or analgesic requirements, clinical setting, adverse reactions, and/or goals of care.

Apply the principles of safety and asepsis in the performance of anesthetic procedures and administrations, equipment use, and other applications encountered during the provision of anesthesia and analgesia whether in the surgical unit, the labor and delivery suite, the pain management clinic, or other more remote location of anesthetizing services.

Incorporate the appropriate recommendations and/or requirements of pertinent external organizations, institutions, and professional groups - recognized as serving as the authority for and/or holding the responsibility to compile and approve such tenets - in the provision of anesthesia and related services, whether medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, or health care management standards.

Apply the new techniques in the clinical setting of the participant.

Relevant Topics in Anesthesia
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
May 21-25, 2018

Monday, May 21

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0755 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0800 Update on Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient T.Grissom  
  0900 Airway Management in the Trauma Patient: Dogma and Controversy T.Grissom  
  1000 Break
  1015 Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS): Anesthesia Optimization J.Leslie  
  1115 Checklists for Anesthesia Practitioners: No Brainers? J.Leslie  
  1215 Cardinal Skills for Comprehensive EKG Interpretation M.Kossick  
  1315 Adjourn
1.9 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, May 22

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 EKG Lead Configuration, Potential EKG Anatomical Mapping, and Evidence of Ischemia M.Kossick  
  0900 Understanding the Pros and Cons of Computerized ST Segment Analysis M.Kossick  
  1000 Break
  1015 Damage Control Radiology in Trauma: What the Anesthesia Provider Needs to Know T.Grissom  
  1115 Ketamine: Sooner or Later, Everything Old is New Again T.Grissom  
  1215 Problem-Based Anesthesia: 20+ Cases When I Learned Something New! J.Leslie  
  1315 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, May 23 - Day Open


Thursday, May 24

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Anesthesia for Laparoscopy J.Leslie  
  0900 Prevention and Treatment of Perioperative Hypertension J.Leslie  
  1000 Break
  1015 EKG Lead Selection: Does It Matter? M.Kossick  
  1115 The Preop 12-Lead EKG and Prior MI: What Is the Diagnostic Criteria? M.Kossick  
  1215 Perioperative Considerations for the Patient With Spinal Cord Injury T.Grissom  
  1315 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, May 25

  0745 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  0800 Anesthetic Considerations for Care of the Patient With Traumatic Brain Injury T.Grissom  
  0900 In Search of the Perfect Clot: Management of the Actively Bleeding Patient T.Grissom  
  1000 Break
  1015 Diagnostic Criteria and Clinical Implications for Axis Deviation, Hypertrophy, Bundle Branch Blocks and Hemiblocks M.Kossick  
  1115 Anesthetic Considerations in the Geriatric Patient J.Leslie  
  1215 Anesthesia and Alzheimer's Disease J.Leslie  
  1315 Adjourn 1.1 Pharmacology Hours  

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

6.7 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Thomas E. Grissom, MD, MSIS, FCCM
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Division of Trauma Anesthesiology
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Mark A. Kossick, DNSc, CRNA, APN
Anesthesia Simulation Education Coordinator
School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Sciences
Western Carolina University
Asheville, North Carolina

John B. Leslie, MD, MBA
Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars. The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Anesthesiology: CME credit will be sent directly to The American Board of Anesthesiology to fulfill the Part 2 requirement for the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®).

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: This program has been prior approved by the AANA for 20 Class A CEC; AANA Code #1034589; Expiration date 5/25/18.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept CME from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 20 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number 4833), District of Columbia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Florida Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Georgia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), and the South Carolina Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480). This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, Northwest Anesthesia Seminars, Pasco, Washington


Factors beyond our control sometimes necessitate changes in the schedule and faculty. If time permits, we will inform all registrants of any changes prior to the program. Changes on site due to local conditions will be announced in class.


We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of 30 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS and NWWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur. We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.


$100 March 22, 2018 to April 21, 2018. No refund after April 21, 2018; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

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Lecture notes will be provided via download in PDF format.

You must sign-in every day you attend to receive credit.

While we strive for accuracy at all times with our published information, we cannot be responsible for typographical and other errors.

Please note that children and non-registered guests are not allowed to attend the lectures. The concierge can provide you with childcare information.

Travel at your own risk.

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We recommend that you register early to assure your spot. We reserve the right to close registrations to a course at any time without notice. We may not be able to accommodate onsite registrations.