Kansas City, Missouri

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An energetic city forged by a rich history, Kansas City is brimming with activities to keep you entertained—eclectic cuisine, swinging jazz, one-of-a-kind museums, a thriving arts scene and fantastic shopping. Part of the city’s charm lies in its impressive network of parks and boulevards and of course, exquisite fountains. The world-renowned jazz legacy continues today in clubs throughout the city. For barbecue lovers, the city’s signature food can be found at nearly 100 barbecue establishments, but visitors also delight in restaurants of every ethnic origin.

No trip to Kansas City is complete without a visit to the Plaza. This 14-square-block outdoor shopping and entertainment district is filled with romantic Spanish architecture, European art and dazzling fountains. Designed in 1922, the Plaza features boutiques and fashionable national stores as well as distinctive restaurants, outdoor cafes and nightlife hotspots. Two nationally renowned art museums are located nearby, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. If you’re looking for an eclectic gathering place, head to the Crossroads.

This area has recently undergone an amazing transformation. Once-vacant buildings now house unique shops, restaurants and a thriving art scene. There is also Crowne Center, an enclosed complex of more than 60 shops and restaurants, exhibits, live theater and the Hallmark Visitors Center. New Crown Center additions include SeaLife Kansas City, the city’s first aquarium, and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, based on the ever-popular LEGO toys. Next door is Union Station, a renovated train station that houses a science center, theaters, restaurants, touring exhibits and Amtrak.

Just to the south is the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. If you haven’t visited in awhile, Kansas City has invested billions of dollars to create major new attractions and facilities and the downtown area is buzzing with billions of dollars worth of new construction, new dining and entertainment options. The KC Power & Light District features eight blocks of restaurants, entertainment and nightlife right next door to the new Sprint Center. So, pack your bags and discover something unique and unexpected in Kansas City!

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

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An illuminating fixture in the heart of the city, Kansas City Marriott Downtown invites you to discover the perfect home away from home. Located just blocks from the Power & Light District, this hotel gives you easy access to the area's upscale shopping, popular restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Catch upcoming concerts at the Sprint Center, Kauffman Center and Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Continue the fun at the KC Zoo or take a tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Back at the hotel, take advantage of the fitness center or make a splash at the indoor lap pool. Dine at MetropolitanKC, where you’ll find vibrant tastes to satisfy every palate for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Guest rooms feature luxurious bedding, free Wi-Fi access, flat-panel TVs with convenient plug-and-play technology, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/board, safe and more. The hotel is located approximately 19.1 miles from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI).

Concurrent Workshops
Pediatric Advanced Life Support - October 15, 2019
Advanced Cardiac Life Support - October 16, 2019
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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.


The practitioner of anesthesiology must 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; and 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.

Current Topics in Anesthesia
Kansas City, Missouri
October 14-17, 2019

Monday, October 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Hard Lessons Learned From Unexpected Bad Outcomes: Part I J.Drummond  
  0830 Hard Lessons Learned From Unexpected Bad Outcomes: Part II J.Drummond  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthetic Selection for Rapid Sequence Induction and Intubation S.Galvagno  
  1045 Pulmonary Function Tests: Perioperative Applications S.Galvagno  
  1145 How to Prevent Your Patient From Crashing After Emergency Intubation: Perfusion-Protective Ventilation S.Galvagno  
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, October 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Choice of General Anesthetics for Trauma Patients S.Galvagno  
  0830 Anesthetic Considerations for Burn Patients S.Galvagno  
  0930 Break
  0945 Anesthetic Implications for Drowning S.Galvagno  
  1045 Should Our Patients (Some? All? None?) Take Statins Perioperatively? J.Drummond  
  1145 Should Anyone Else in the OR Be Taking Statins Too? J.Drummond  
  1245 Adjourn
  1345 Optional PALS Workshop*

Wednesday, October 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Are You Confused About Delirium (and Its Causation, Prevention and Treatment)? J.Drummond  
  0830 Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: Who, What, When and for How Long? J.Drummond  
  0930 Break
  0945 Monitoring of Neuromuscular Function: Impact on Incidence of Residual Neuromuscular Blockade R.Lenhardt  
  1045 Multimodal Analgesia R.Lenhardt  
  1145 Anesthesia for Robotic Abdominal Surgery R.Lenhardt  
  1245 Adjourn
  1345 Optional ACLS Workshop*

Thursday, October 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Perioperative Arrhythmia: Part I R.Lenhardt  
  0830 Perioperative Arrhythmia: Part II R.Lenhardt  
  0930 Break
  0945 What Is New in Obstetric Anesthesia 2019? B.Clayton  
  1045 Medical Legal Considerations Related to Obstetric Anesthesia B.Clayton  
  1145 Code in the OB Unit: Resuscitation Efforts for Mom and Baby B.Clayton  
  1245 Adjourn    

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

9.3 Pharmacology Hours†

*Separate schedule and tuition applies
Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Beth Ann Clayton, DNP, CRNA
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati
Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Major
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

John C. Drummond, MD, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of California, San Diego
Staff Anesthesiologist, VA Medical Center
San Diego, California

Samuel M. Galvagno Jr., DO, PhD, MS, FCCM
Associate Director
Maryland Critical Care Network
Interim Medical Director, Lung Rescue Unit (ECMO unit)
Deputy Director, Shock Trauma Go-Team
Department of Anesthesiology
Program in Trauma
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Rainer Lenhardt, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology and Preoperative Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky


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 CE; AANA Code #1036834; Expiration Date 10/17/2019.

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 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 August 15, 2019 to September 14, 2019. No refund after September 14, 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.

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 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.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - 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.