Indian Wells, California

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Only minutes from Palm Springs lies the unparalleled desert sanctuary that is the city of Indian Wells, California. Here, the stunning mountain vistas and majestic palm trees of Southern California are a stunning backdrop to some of the world's finest resorts and spas, golf courses, tennis facilities, shopping, and several other recreational activities.

From hiking, biking, horseback riding, and motorized tours of the famous San Andreas fault to a trip up the remarkable Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, there’s so much to do and see. Tour through celebrity neighborhoods or catch a high flying excursion in a hot air balloon. Be sure not to miss The Living Desert, a unique zoo and preserve dedicated to the desert ecosystem, located in Indian Wells and Palm Desert.

The Palm Springs Art Museum provides extraordinary creative encounters based on its collections of modern and contemporary art and traditional art of the Americas. The museum has an art collection that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and includes works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ansel Adams, and more. If you're looking for excellent dining options, look no further than Nest, a popular night spot for good food, drinks, live music, and dancing. Lighter fare and cocktails are a specialty at Eureka where you can dine inside or outdoors on the large covered patio.

The El Paseo Shopping District is the Rodeo Drive of Palm Springs. Here you'll find high end shops, fashion boutiques, and art galleries with offerings for every budget.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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Just 20 minutes outside of Palm Springs, and nestled among 45 acres of lush gardens, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa provides the quintessential Palm Springs experience. Located within the exclusive Indian Wells community, our resort's unmatched hospitality, service, and access to a myriad of activities invite guests to relax, play and indulge.

As a part of your stay, guests have access to the renowned Indian Wells Golf Resort right next door (fees apply). You are invited to splash around with the kids at the children’s pool or enjoy some grown-up time at the adults only swimming pool with private cabanas. Schedule a treatment at the spa and immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of this desert retreat, then visit the salon for a touch-up to get you ready for a night out.

Looking for fun things to do in Indian Wells and Palm Springs? You’ll find a rich assortment of arts and culture, including the Children’s Discovery Museum. If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure hike, bike, off road, or take to the air in a hot air balloon for a scenic view. Try your luck at one of the casinos surrounding the resort or test your need for speed at the BMW Performance Center, only minutes away. There is also great shopping and dining options in the area.

Preferred view rooms are approximately 550 square feet and offer 1 king or 2 queen beds (based on availablity). These rooms face the pool complex and interior resort grounds including the recreation areas and peaceful resort landscaping. Enjoy your private balcony with views of the desert sunset and sleep well on a pillowtop king Hyatt Grand Bed™. Stay productive with the separate living and work areas featuring an oversized work desk, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron/board, coffee maker, robes, safe and more. The hotel is located approximately 15 miles from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), 86 miles from Ontario International Airport (ONT), and 140 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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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 anesthesia 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. Presentations are designed to facilitate the healthcare provider in reviewing, updating, and/or expanding knowledge and abilities in one or more of these areas vital to the practicing professional.


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
Indian Wells, California
May 20-23, 2019

Monday, May 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome and Announcements NWAS Staff  
  0700 AHA/ACC Guidelines for Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan  
  0800 Role of Echocardiography in Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan  
  0900 An Update on Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation C.Petrovitch  
  1000 Break
  1015 Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery C.Petrovitch  
  1115 Evaluation of the Difficult Pediatric Airway G.Crosland  
  1215 Management of the Difficult Pediatric Airway G.Crosland  
  1315 Adjourn
2.0 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, May 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Houston, We Have a Problem (Airway Case Discussion) G.Crosland  
  0800 Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Current Debate G.Crosland  
  0900 Cardiovascular Pharmacology I: Treatment of Myocardial Ischemia J.Kaplan  
  1000 Break
  1015 Cardiovascular Pharmacology II: Heart Failure Therapy J.Kaplan  
  1115 Anesthesia for Prostatectomy and the Da Vinci Robot C.Petrovitch  
  1215 Postoperative Delirium: Does Our Anesthetic Management Make a Difference? C.Petrovitch  
  1315 Adjourn
2.2 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, May 22

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Avoiding Fires in the OR: The ASA's New Fire Prevention Advisory C.Petrovitch  
  0800 Malignant Hyperthermia: More Than Go Get the Ice? C.Petrovitch  
  0900 Patients With CIEDs, VADs, or Previous Cardiac Transplants for Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan  
  1000 Break
  1015 Goal-Directed Fluid Therapy and Surgical Outcomes J.Kaplan  
  1115 Ketamine: Multiple Uses for an Old Friend G.Crosland  
  1215 Anesthesia for Care of Major Burns G.Crosland  
  1315 Adjourn
1.7 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, May 23

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Burnout: The New Provider Epidemic G.Crosland  
  0800 Resiliency: How to Survive Burnout G.Crosland  
  0900 Risks and Complications of Blood Transfusion C.Petrovitch  
  1000 Break
  1015 Modern Guidelines for Preoperative Testing: Is There a Way Out of the Maze? C.Petrovitch  
  1115 Congenital Heart Disease in Adults for Noncardiac Surgery J.Kaplan  
  1215 PBLD: Welcome to the Hybrid OR J.Kaplan  
  1315 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology Hours

24 CME

24 Class A CEC

7.0 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


J. Grady Crosland, MD, MAR
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, Arkansas

Joel A. Kaplan, MD, CPE
Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Kaplan’s Cardiac Anesthesia for Noncardiac Surgery
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
University of California at San Diego and University of Louisville
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

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 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 #1036889; Expiration Date 5/23/2019.

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: 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 24 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 21, 2019 to April 20, 2019. No refund after April 20, 2019; 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.

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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.