Houston, Texas

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Houston Home to a respected and energetic cultural arts scene, celebrated restaurants and shopping, and the brains behind U.S. space exploration, Houston is a diverse metropolis brimming with personality. With a revitalized Downtown, the convenient METRORail connects Downtown with the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park making it easy to travel within the city.
With nearly 21,000 concerts, plays, exhibitions and other arts programs presented in Houston annually, visitors have access to a wide variety of entertainment. Tucked between the bustling Midtown and Medical Center areas rests Houston’s leafy park-like Museum District. Eighteen world-class institutions including the Menil Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are clustered in this area.
Houston’s restaurant scene is as ethnically diverse as its 4 million residents. The city is jam-packed with more than 8,000 tempting eateries that feature culinary flavors from more than 35 countries. Shoppers will enjoy the dynamic shopping environment uniquely offered by The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping center, spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants to meet every style and taste. A plethora of amenities including a full-size ice rink for recreational and figure skating, a state of the art children’s play area, two swimming pools, a video arcade, two tailor shops, and more than 12 beauty salons continually serve a wide range of shopper delights.
Make your way through Houston’s top five must-see attractions like Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Next, head outdoors. With 56,405 acres of total park space, Houston rates first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of park land. The 165 public and private golf courses around the city, and teams in nearly every major professional sport, keep sports fever high year-round.

JW Marriott Houston

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Setting the standard for exceptional accommodations and amenities, this hotel is just steps from one of the most famous shopping districts in the world - The Houston Galleria, and is only minutes from attractions such as Minute Maid Park. Enjoy the convenience of staying within easy walking distance to more than 200 exclusive stores, fine dining, and entertainment. The JW Marriott is also near renowned museums, art galleries, and botanical gardens. An array of on-site hotel amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, private rooftop indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, Starbucks, and more. Enjoy fine-dining on-site, including Destino, offering delectable farm to fork cuisine. Spacious standard guestrooms feature 1 King or 2 Double beds (based on availability), premium bedding, alarm clock, safe, hair dryer, robe, coffee/tea maker, and more to ensure a comfortable stay. The hotel is lcoated 16 miles form the William P Hobby Airport (HOU) and 27 miles from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

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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.

Topics in Anesthesia
Houston, Texas
May 8-11, 2017

Monday, May 8

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Airway Management in the Trauma Patient: Dogma and Controversy T.Grissom  
  0800 Managing the Difficult Extubation T.Grissom  
  0900 Evaluation for the Broken Hearted Patient D.Sutherland  
  1000 Break
  1015 Coronary Artery Disease: An Overview D.Sutherland  
  1115 Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitors: State of the Art in the Operating Room J.Kaplan  
  1215 PBLD: Congenital Heart Disease in Adults for Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan  
  1315 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology

Tuesday, May 9

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Noncardiac Surgery in Patients With CIEDs, VADs, or Transplants J.Kaplan  
  0800 Modern Pacing and Defibrillation in the Operating Room: Use a Magnet or Not? J.Kaplan  
  0900 Top Ten Anesthesia Papers in the Last Year: How Will They Affect Your Practice? T.Grissom  
  1000 Break
  1015 Update on Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient T.Grissom  
  1115 Valvular Heart Disease: An Overview D.Sutherland  
  1215 The New Face of Cardiac Surgery: Robots, Catheters, and Beating Hearts D.Sutherland  
  1315 Adjourn
2.2 Pharmacology

Wednesday, May 10

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Anesthesia for Vascular Surgery: What You Need to Know From Head to Toe D.Sutherland  
  0800 Myths of Anesthesia: What's Real and Why Do We Believe It? D.Sutherland  
  0900 Trouble: The New Oral Anticoagulants in the Perioperative Period J.Kaplan  
  1000 Break
  1015 Goal Directed Fluid Therapy During Surgery: How to Improve Outcomes J.Kaplan  
  1115 Bringing the Patient With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Into the OR With Their Ventilator T.Grissom  
  1215 Ketamine: Sooner or Later, Everything Old Is New Again T.Grissom  
  1315 Adjourn
3.2 Pharmacology

Thursday, May 11

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Damage Control Radiology in Trauma: What the Anesthesia Provider Needs to Know T.Grissom  
  0800 Perioperative Considerations for the Patient With Spinal Cord Injury T.Grissom  
  0900 Thoracic and Aortic Aneurysms Disease D.Sutherland  
  1000 Break
  1015 Clinical Case Scenarios D.Sutherland  
  1115 Anesthesia for the Patient With a Pericardial Tamponade Coming for Urgent Surgery J.Kaplan  
  1215 From the Editor's Desk: Advances in Cardiovascular Care in 2016 J.Kaplan  
  1315 Adjourn
2.8 Pharmacology

24 CME I

24 Class A CEC

10.3 Pharmacology Hours†


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

Joel A. Kaplan, MD
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of California at San Diego and University of Louisville
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Dale F. Sutherland, MD
Delaware Anesthesia Associates
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia
Pain Management
Lewes, Delaware


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 24 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 24 Class A CEC; AANA Code #1033676; Expiration Date 5/11/17.

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 24 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: 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 24 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, Austin, Texas, and 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 9, 2017 to April 8, 2017. No refund after April 8, 2017; 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)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWAS including net hotel and tuition booked through NWAS (but not air). Once you have enough points to cover a full tuition they can be redeemed for tuition (no cash value). A great program to reward you for supporting NWAS! Click here for more information.

Lecture notes will be provided on a CD 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.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Kilmer: Phone number: (858) 456-7887 - Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com


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.