Reykjavik, Iceland

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Reykjavík is the gateway to Iceland. A young-at-heart city with a long history, encircled by mountains and sea, it lies just minutes away from a magnificent unspoiled landscape thrown up and shaped by the energy of the earth. Whether you are looking for the excitement of a capital city or a quiet break in breathtaking scenery, Reykjavík has everything you could possibly want. This is an adventure playground of boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls. Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with a pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscape.

In late spring, days lengthening until midsummer, when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets. The magnificent countryside that surrounds the city also makes Reykjavík unique and provides the adventurous tourist with a wide variety of things to do. Salmon fishing, midnight golf, sailing, climbing, glacier trekking, horse riding and whale watching are all within easy reach of the capital and can easily fit into a day trip so that you can be back in the city in time for dinner.

Reykjavík has a buzzing art scene and offers a diverse range of cultural happenings and dynamic grassroots activities. It seems that the creative energy of the people living here knows no boundaries; painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics; everywhere you look small galleries and exhibition halls are filled with beautiful artwork. Icelandic musicians are first class and many of them have already attained international fame such as Björk, Mezzoforte, Sigurros, and Of Monsters and Men.

Iceland’s fashion industry is booming and young Icelandic designers have caught the attention of fashionistas in London, Paris and New York. Hand made clothes and accessories, some made of fish roe leather, and jewelery the likes of which are not available anywhere else.

Take a walk along Laugavegur, the main shopping street to take in the numerous boutiques, designer’s shops and art galleries that distinctive gifts for friends back home. When night falls, the boisterous nightlife begins. The many bars and clubs in the centrer are filled with life all weekend as jovial people horde into town for merrymaking. Iceland is easily accessible.

Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean midway between Europe and North America with high frequency of flights to and from the country, Iceland is easy to reach. Our conference hotel is located approximately 28 miles from the Keflavík International Airport (KEF)

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

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Please note we cannot guarantee pre/post date extensions as the hotel is completely sold out around our dates.

Set in the city center, the stylish Hilton Reykjavik Nordica hotel is one of the city’s most popular destinations for tourists, business travelers and locals alike. The hotel's central location provides a great base from which to discover the capital, and makes it easy to travel further afield and explore Iceland’s unspoiled natural landscapes. Enjoy Hilton style, service and quality, with the comfort and amenities you expect, and the extras you deserve. Relax in the on-site spa, sauna, and hot tubs after enjoying a rigorous workout in the fitness center. Later on, wine and dine at the open kitchen-style restaurant VOX restaurant and bar for contemporary Icelandic and Scandinavian cuisine. Guest rooms are bright and spacious, offering large, opening windows, work area, complimentary Wi-Fi and LCD TV.

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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.

Current Anesthesia Practice
Reykjavik, Iceland
May 29-June 2, 2017

Monday, May 29

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Managing Blast Injuries: Are You Ready? L.Pelinka  
  0900 Natural Disaster Management: Theory and Practice L.Pelinka  
  1000 Break
  1015 Arrhythmias: The Tachycardias S.Lowson  
  1115 Arrhythmias: Bradycardias and Others S.Lowson  
  1215 Postoperative Delirium: Does Our Anesthetic Management Make a Difference? C.Petrovitch  
  1315 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology

Tuesday, May 30

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 An Update on Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation C.Petrovitch  
  0900 Acute Pain Management: Opioids and Non-Opioids: What's Your Choice? C.Petrovitch  
  1000 Break
  1015 Experience Is the Sum of All Our Errors: Case Discussions L.Pelinka  
  1115 Is There a Medical Professional Aboard This Aircraft? L.Pelinka  
  1215 Goal-Directed Perioperative Fluid Management S.Lowson  
  1315 Adjourn
3.6 Pharmacology

Wednesday, May 31 - Open Day


Thursday, June 1

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 What Is the Ideal Hemoglobin? S.Lowson  
  0900 Massive Blood Transfusion S.Lowson  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia for the Patient With Obstructive Sleep Apnea C.Petrovitch  
  1115 Anesthesia for Prostatectomy and the DaVinci Robot C.Petrovitch  
  1215 Sugammadex: My Favorite Doughnut L.Pelinka  
  1315 Adjourn
2.7 Pharmacology

Friday, June 2

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 NOAC Reversal Agents: A Dream Come True? L.Pelinka  
  0900 Issues With the Elderly: Case Reports L.Pelinka  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia and Awareness S.Lowson  
  1115 Preoperative Evaluation of the Patient With Heart Disease: What Are the Current Guidelines? C.Petrovitch  
  1215 Anesthesia for the Patient With Diabetes Mellitus C.Petrovitch  
  1315 Adjourn
2.7 Pharmacology

20 CME I

20 Class A CEC

11.1 Pharmacology Hours†


Stuart Lowson, MD, BSc, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Surgical/Trauma ICU
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Linda E. Pelinka, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and
Critical Care Medicine
University of Vienna and
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of
Experimental and Clinical Traumatology
Vienna, Austria, European Union

Charise Petrovitch, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia


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 #1033951; Expiration Date 6/2/2017.

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: 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, 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 30, 2017 to April 29, 2017. No refund after April 29, 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.

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