Key Largo, Florida

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Key Largo is the first and northernmost of the Florida Keys, and is only an hour’s drive from South Florida’s two major airports. Home to tropical hardwoods and winding creeks, Key Largo has some of the most interesting botanical scenery in Florida.

Several state parks are within easy reach including John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock State Park, Everglades National Park, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In these natural sanctuaries, visitors can enjoy eco-tours, paddleboarding, glass-bottom boat tours, nature trails, and wildlife viewing. Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center will delight visitors with a variety of bird species whether in recovery or enjoying renewed life in a safe environment.

Head to the beach for excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and even dolphin encounter programs. Molasses reef is home to turtles, nurse sharks, rays, and many different kinds of reef fish. Nearby wrecks including Speigel Grove are perfect for advanced divers looking for a challenge. Key Largo is also well-known as a sport-fishing destination. Team up with some of the world’s greatest fishing guides for offshore or backcountry excursions.

Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort

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Immerse yourself in the relaxed sophistication of the tropics at the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort. Set on 17 beautiful waterfront acres, this hotel offers tranquility and seclusion, yet is just an hour's drive from Miami. Whether you are interested in getting a tan at the pool, swimming out to the floating dock, or finding adventure at the on-site dive shop, there are many activities to enjoy. Step into the recently refreshed lobby and experience the warm hospitality that defines this resort. Refresh yourself with a beverage from the newly renovated Breezer's Tiki Bar and grab a bite to eat at Gus' Grille waterfront restaurant, one of Key Largo's most popular dining destinations. Exciting activities await just beyond the Resort, from sport fishing to diving at the coral reefs. Impeccably appointed rooms offer plenty of space, free Wi-Fi,  flat-screen TV, pillowtop mattresses, mini refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, safe, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron/board, and more.

Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort is located approximately 58 miles from the Miami International Airport (MIA) and 86 miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Parking is reduced to $7.50 plus 12.5% tax for those that book their room though NWAS/NWWT only (otherwise, it's approximately $15 + tax, per vehicle, per day).

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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 Topics in Anesthesia
Key Largo, Florida
January 11-14, 2018

Thursday, January 11

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 ASA 1-2 Patient: Surgeon Wants Total Preop Testing--Is That OK? E.Frost  
  0800 Herbal Stuff: It's All Safe, Right? E.Frost  
  0900 Strategies for Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers M.Gilman-Mays  
  1000 Break
  1015 Bullies in the Work Place M.Gilman-Mays  
  1115 Update in Trauma Resuscitation I R.Sikorski  
  1215 Update in Trauma Resuscitation II R.Sikorski  
  1315 Adjourn
1.8 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, January 12

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Fluid Management in the Critically Ill Trauma Patient I R.Sikorski  
  0800 Fluid Management in the Critically Ill Trauma Patient II R.Sikorski  
  0900 Neuroanesthesia: Not Just for the Neuroanesthesiologist! E.Frost  
  1000 Break
  1015 Spinal Cord Injury and Its Surgery: From Stem to Stern E.Frost  
  1115 Resilience: How to Get It M.Gilman-Mays  
  1215 Burnout: How to Avoid It M.Gilman-Mays  
  1315 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, January 13

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Leadership vs. Management: What's the Difference? M.Gilman-Mays  
  0800 Patient Safety Advocacy M.Gilman-Mays  
  0900 Triage and Airway Management in the Era of Terrorism R.Sikorski  
  1000 Break
  1015 Coagulation Monitoring: Are We Behind the Times? R.Sikorski  
  1115 Update on Care of the Patient With Head Trauma E.Frost  
  1215 Monitoring the Central Nervous System: New Gadgets or Do They Really Help? E.Frost  
  1315 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, January 14

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Where Is the Basement Anyway? What Goes on in Interventional Radiology? E.Frost  
  0800 The PACU Nurse Calls: The Patient Is Very Sleepy E.Frost  
  0900 So the Patient Is Rather Overweight: How Does Obesity Impact Our Anesthetic Management? E.Frost  
  1000 Break
  1015 Cardiac Risk Stratification for the Anesthesia Care Provider R.Sikorski  
  1115 Endpoints in Resuscitation: The Science I R.Sikorski  
  1215 Endpoints in Resuscitation: The Science II R.Sikorski  
  1315 Adjourn
1.8 Pharmacology Hours

24 CME I

24 Class A CEC

6 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Elizabeth Frost, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Icahn Medical Center at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Meri Gilman-Mays, DNP, CRNA
Senior Director CRNA and Anesthesia Nursing
Anesthesia Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Robert A. Sikorski, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Trauma Anesthesia
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland


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 #1034758; Expiration Date 1/14/18.

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 November 12, 2017 to December 12, 2017. No refund after December 12, 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)

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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.

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:


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.