Las Vegas, Nevada

This is the city that attracts more than 37.5 million visitors a year by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment, the highest caliber of award-winning chefs and master sommeliers and, of course, the brightest lights. And let’s not forget the gaming! If you can bet on it, you’ll find it here. People watching is unsurpassed. Comedy and music headliners as well as seven resident Cirque du Soleil productions, classic Las Vegas show girl revues and more are here for your pleasure. Las Vegas has become one of the premium world-class shopping destinations in the country.

If you want to relax, Las Vegas offers the most luxurious and varied spa experiences and pools to be found anywhere. For the golf aficionado, the sixty-plus golf courses in Las Vegas, designed by top golf pros, have put Vegas on the map. The city famous for having “something for everyone” furthers the proof to its claim when the sun goes down. From elaborately themed clubs to the new wave of upscale “ultra lounges”, you can experience a variety of night spots. And let’s not forget, nature in Vegas has something special to share as well – Red Rock Canyon offers scenic hiking and wildlife viewing. Or venture out to see nearby Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, or many other desert spectacles.


Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are just 30 miles from Knoxville, nestled at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the south. Natural beauty, entertainment for all ages and tastes, and old-fashioned mountain hospitality make this a special place you and your family are sure to enjoy.

Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, and country music shows await you in nearby Pigeon Forge (about 7 miles). Leisure time activities abound: museums, golf, hiking, rafting, canoeing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding - you name it and you’ll find it. Shopping is a bargain hunter’s dream with everything from local crafts to designer clothes available in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area.

February 4, 2019 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

A bright, elegant style and an exceptional level of service are just two of the reasons why Encore was named the best hotel in Las Vegas in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. From large production shows and spellbinding displays, to live music and once-in-a-lifetime chances at adventure, opportunities abound. Unique clubs feature the hottest entertainment, cutting edge technology and the most luxurious spaces that have put this resort on the map as the ultimate destination. World-renowned performers, celebrities and party-goers alike clamor to be part of the action at XS, Surrender, and Encore Beach Club.

Collectively, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hold more Forbes Travel Guide award-winning restaurants than any other resort in North America. From fine to casual dining, vegan and healthy eating options they have something to please any palate. There are also a number of resort bars and lounges to choose from, each offering unique scenery, menus and entertainment. With two Forbes Travel Guide Five Star award-winning spas, unique salons, luxury shopping, exquisite resort pools and a team of concierges to assist with your every need, you’ll find all you are looking for.

The 745 square-foot Encore Resort Suite Guestroom offers one One king or two queen pillow-top Wynn Dream Beds with overstuffed pillows and shams (based on hotel availability), and floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room offers a 42” HDTV on a swivel to be enjoyed from the bedroom or living room, an elegant sofa and a minibar. The bathroom features an oversized marble tub, separate glass-enclosed shower, dual sinks, 13” LCD TV, separate water closet and terrycloth bathrobes and much more. The room is equipped with bedside touch-screen curtain, lighting, room service, and privacy controls.


April 8, 2019 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Park MGM Las Vegas

A new Las Vegas resort from MGM Resorts & Sydell Group, featuring a collection of restaurants, bars and shops, Eataly Market & more. Located in the heart of The Strip, the Park MGM Las Vegas is excited to introduce you to a new kind of Las Vegas experience.  The Park MGM Las Vegas offers guests direct access to what is quickly becoming the city's premier entertainment district, featuring the newly opened T-Mobile Arena and The Park. Guests will enjoy the easy flow and accessibility throughout casino and meeting space, three distinct restaurants, 24 hour fitness center, full service concierge, complimentary tram to Aria & Crystals at City Center, Bellagio and Vdara and more. The Park MGM is located within 3 miles of McCarran International Airport (LAS). Park MGM parking fees are approximately $10 daily for self-parking and $15 daily for Valet pakring. Prices subject to change without notice and on T-Mobile Arena event dates.


October 2, 2019 - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - The Park Vista, a Doubletree Hotel

This Gatlinburg icon has undergone an $11 million complete renovation and is now a Doubletree hotel. This circular high-rise hotel sits overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the City of Gatlinburg. Guest rooms boast breathtaking views from your private balcony, 1 King or 2 Queen Beds (based on availability), 42-inch flat panel TV, desk, refrigerator, sitting area, high-speed Internet access (fee may apply), hair dryer, iron/board, coffee maker, clock radio with iPod or MP3 connections, and more. Other improvements include the new Patio Lounge, Firefly’s, featuring outdoor seating and the newly renovated restaurant, the Vista Grill. The public space areas have received a makeover that enhances an already relaxing and warm atmosphere. Kids of all ages will enjoy the indoor pool area, which is now a “private water park attraction” within the hotel.

FACULTY

Mark A. Kossick, DNSc, CRNA, APN
Professor, School of Nursing
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina

 

 

Dr. Mark A. Kossick received his research doctorate (DNSc) in 2003 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and completed his clinical research in the electrophysiology laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) while developing a new modified chest lead (MAC1).

He finished his nurse anesthesia education in 1984 at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania, affiliated with Edinboro University. Over the past 30 years he has been on faculty at the University of Kansas, UAB, University of Maryland, and currently Western Carolina University.

In addition, he has lectured extensively on EKG interpretation to an eclectic audience across the United States and from other countries such as Spain, Germany, Iceland, Australia, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand. Attendees include anesthesiologists, hospitalists, intensivists, emergency department physicians, cardiologists, nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and critical care nurses.

Dr. Kossick is in the process of completing a third edition of a textbook and handbook on EKG interpretation, and authored the Clinical Monitoring I: Cardiovascular System chapter of all six editions in the textbook, Nurse Anesthesia. He has also written the antiarrhythmic chapter in the textbook, Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthesiology.

Dr. Kossick continues to provide anesthesia care to a diverse surgical population at several medical centers.

CONCURRENT COURSES

We are offering other seminars/workshops either during or after EKG. If you have colleagues that wish to come with you, but do not need to take EKG, if you desire to obtain additional credits while at the location, or you want more specific location/hotel information you can view the full schedule of meetings here.

Concurrent Courses - Separate Brochure and Tuition Applies
ACLS
PALS
4-day 20 CME/CEC conference with each EKG Workshop
Email us at info@nwas.com or call us (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065

TARGET AUDIENCE

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.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

Due to the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and standards of care regarding EKG monitoring by various professional organizations, physicians in many specialties (anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and critical care), advanced practice nurses, and other healthcare providers are being challenged to interpret the EKG as well as treat underlying conduction disturbances. This program is designed to update these practitioners with the latest information on this body of scientific information. This seminar offers 8 contact hours.

OBJECTIVES

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

Review the 12-lead EKG system, the normal morphology of the EKG waveforms, and options for lead placement.

Define the criteria for assessing evidence of myocardial ischemia, injury, and infarction, including the limitations of the EKG.

Review the classic placement of chest leads and limb leads as well as discuss legitimate variations available for EKG lead placement for surgical and postoperative patients.

Apply the criteria for the diagnosis of supraventricular arrhythmias (e.g., sinus bradycardia, atrial tachycardia, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, and Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome).

Explain the treatment guidelines for supraventricular arrhythmias.

Apply the criteria for the diagnosis of first degree heart block, second degree heart block (Mobitz I & II), and third degree heart block with a junctional escape or ventricular escape rhythm.

Discuss the treatment of AV nodal and infranodal arrhythmias.

Apply the criteria for the diagnosis of ventricular arrhythmias (e.g., torsade de pointes, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation.

Discuss the recommended treatment for ventricular arrhythmias.

Diagnose faculty-presented EKG rhythm strips and 12 Lead EKGs, reviewing the criteria by which each was identified.

Clarify the material presented throughout the day through questions and answers and discuss participants’ concerns for application in their own clinical settings.

EKG Interpretation Seminar

Diagnostic Skills for Myocardial Ischemia, Infarction, Current Treatment Strategies and Lead Selection for Atrial Fibrillation

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0755 Welcome
NWAS Staff
 
  0800 Cardinal Concepts for Accurate EKG Interpretation: Part I
    • Describe the 12-lead EKG system, dipole concept, and clinical applications of the normal morphology of EKG waveforms    
    • Discuss the current American College of Cardiology guidelines for obtaining a 12-lead EKG    
  0900 Cardinal Concepts for Accurate EKG Interpretation: Part II
    • Discuss the clinical relevance and recommendations for correct EKG lead placement    
    • Describe how the grouping of EKG leads (e.g., II, III, aVF) may provide insight to the anatomical location of myocardial ischemia/injury, and infarction    
    • Identify T wave changes suggestive of myocardial ischemia    
  1000 Break
  1015 Evidence-Based Guidelines for Diagnosing T Wave and ST Segment Changes
    • Describe the current American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association criteria for assessing EKG evidence of myocardial ischemia/injury    
    • Describe the correct technique and indications for adjusting bedside EKG software parameters for continuous computerized ST segment analysis    
    • Discuss how incorrect identification and placement of computerized ST segment parameters on newer software (Iso point, ST point) and older software (Iso point, J point, ST point) can produce iatrogenic injury    
  1115 Decision Algorithm for EKG Lead Selection Including True Chest Leads Versus Modified Chest Leads
    • Describe the most current recommendations for chest lead monitoring for myocardial ischemia/injury    
    • Discuss variations for EKG lead placement and consideration for the use of modified chest leads    
  1215 Lunch (on your own)
  1315 Diagnostic Criteria for Myocardial Infarction
    • Identify EKG criteria for myocardial infarction    
    • Recognize the potential value in using biomarkers in the differential diagnosis of myocardial infarction    
  1415 Practice EKG Interpretation: Part I
    • Identify EKG criteria for anterior, inferior, lateral, and posterior myocardial ischemia, injury, and infarction    
  1515 Break
  1530 Current Treatment Strategies and EKG Lead Selection for Atrial Fibrillation
    • Describe the diagnostic criteria and clinical implications of various etiologies of atrial fibrillation    
    • Describe the rate control versus rhythm control treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation    
  1630 Practice EKG Interpretation: Part II
    • Diagnose faculty presented EKG rhythm strips and 12-lead EKGs, reviewing the criteria by which each is identified    
  1730 Adjourn
   
8 CME / 8 Class A CEC
 
Refreshements served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.

FACULTY

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

ACCREDITATION

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 8 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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 8 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 8 contact hours.

COURSE DIRECTOR

Mark Murphy, MD, MSN Education, Austin, Texas and Medical Director Northwest Anesthesia Seminars, Pasco, Washington

SCHEDULE AND FACULTY CHANGES

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.

COURSE CANCELLATION BY PROVIDER

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 NW-WWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur. We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance.

COURSE CANCELLATION FEE

$100 60-30 days prior to course. No refund inside 30 days; 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.

We have a block of rooms for seminar participants. Once this block is sold, rooms are on availability only and may be at a higher rate.

FOR YOUR AIRFARE NEEDS PLEASE CALL:

Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.)

Contact: Kellee Kilmer, (858) 456-7887

Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWAS, including tuition, net cruise and hotel (but not air). When you have enough points for a complete tuition, they can then be redeemed for tuition. A great program to reward you for supporting NWAS! Click here for more information.

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.

EARLY REGISTRATION A MUST

Limited number of slot. Registration subject to close without notice. Don’t delay.