Paradise Island, Bahamas

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The 685 acres of Paradise Island are connected to the city of Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. To the casual observer the British influence is easy to see. West Africa has shaped this area, too. The restaurants offer virtually every type of cuisine, from simple dishes to exotic Bahamian and international menus. The fish fry at Arawak Cay provides excellent outdoor dining and offers Bahamian delicacies like conch salad and fried fish, while the stalls at Potter’s Cay dock serve up scorched conch and conch salad, all made before your eyes.

Warm, crystal-clear waters and drop-offs close to shore make these islands a diver’s dream. Mysterious blue holes and caves, historical wrecks and vibrant living reefs, soaring wall dives and thrilling shark watches, all await novice and experienced divers. Paradise Island averages seven hours of sunny skies per day and rain seldom lasts for longer than it takes to get under cover, even during the rainy season. Golfers from around the world play here, with pros playing in the world-class tournaments.

Once the sun goes down, the fun continues. Casinos and nightclubs keep you entertained well into the evening with a variety of live shows, dancing and music, including a taste of live Junkanoo music, the Bahamian music of choice. Today’s Bahamians continue the tradition of the early Lucayan and Taino Indians by producing distinctive arts and crafts that reflect the skill and artistry of their heritage. Bahamians utilize local resources to create unique foods, spices, ceramics, crafts, art, and music. Join in with the fun of bargaining at the famous Straw Market, savor the colorful bustle of outdoor fruit and vegetable stalls and a fresh fish market, or be entranced by the fashionable elegance of Bay Street’s international boutiques.

Atlantis Resort

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Amidst the world’s largest marine habitat second only to Mother Nature, is Atlantis, Paradise Island, the finest resort in the Bahamas. The focal point is a 14-acre water park, complete with a million gallon salt-water aquarium, a shark lagoon, tropical river ride, and 11 swimming areas. Atlantis boasts the world’s largest open-air marine habitats; guests can snorkel through them, but there are also catwalks and glassed-in underwater tunnels for viewing. The property includes lagoons, kids club, a championship PGA golf course, a luxury yacht marina, along with a world-class casino and spa, 18 restaurants, 20 lounges, and clubs, including special hangouts for teens. Atlantis offers miles of pristine beach stretching in both directions from the resort.

Just steps from your room and duty-free, the Crystal Court Shops offer world-class shopping. Enjoy tennis, a lap pool, basketball courts, a full range of fitness equipment and personal trainers on staff to assist you from dawn till dusk. The Atlantis Casino links the Royal and Coral Towers and spans the 7-acre Paradise Lagoon. Coral Tower rooms offer a relaxed atmosphere and are centrally located between the Beach Tower and the Royal Towers and only steps away from the Predator Lagoon, Lagoon Pool, and the Casino. The Royal Towers offer elegant accommodations and larger rooms and are adjacent to the Casino and a variety of gourmet restaurants. All rooms have full or French balconies, sitting areas, service bars, irons/boards, hair dryers, and in-room safes.

When traveling to Paradise Island, confirm your flights into Nassau International Airport (NAS). Taxis are readily available at Nassau International Airport to transport you to Atlantis.

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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 Topics
Paradise Island, Bahamas
January 23-26, 2017

Monday, January 23

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0755 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0800 Evidence-Based Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation W.Buhrman  
  0900 Extubation! The Landing Is Just as Dangerous as the Take-Off W.Buhrman  
  1000 Break
  1015 Update on Care of the Patient With Head Trauma E.Frost  
  1115 Monitoring the Central Nervous System: New Gadgets or Do They Really Help? E.Frost  
  1215 PBLD: The 45-Year-Old for Hysterectomy E.Frost  
  1315 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology

Tuesday, January 24

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Anesthesia and Obesity: A Growing Problem L.Guzzi  
  0900 Anaphylaxis: The Sting Can Come From Anywhere L.Guzzi  
  1000 Break
  1015 Intraoperative Cardiac Arrhythmias Recognition and Management L.Guzzi  
  1115 ERAS: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: "Coming to a Hospital Near You!" W.Buhrman  
  1215 Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy W.Buhrman  
  1315 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology

Wednesday, January 25

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Spinal Cord Injury and Its Surgery: From Stem to Stern E.Frost  
  0900 Where Is the Basement Anyway? What Goes on in Interventional Radiology? E.Frost  
  1000 Break
  1015 Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Bioterrorism: An Update for The Anesthesia Provider: Are You Ready? L.Guzzi  
  1115 Blast Injuries and Acute Lung Injury: An Anesthesia and Critical Care Review L.Guzzi  
  1215 Goal-Directed Fluid Management W.Buhrman  
  1315 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology

Thursday, January 26

  0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0800 Anesthesia for Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab Procedures: Pacemakers and ICDs W.Buhrman  
  0900 Working Harder, Faster, and Longer, With Less, for Less: It's What We Do! W.Buhrman  
  1000 Break
  1015 Herbal Stuff: It's All Safe, Right? E.Frost  
  1115 Infectious Disease and Risk for the Anesthesia Provider: Hepatitis, HIV, MRSA, The New Threats L.Guzzi  
  1215 A Perioperative Event Has Occurred: Defense and Litigation L.Guzzi  
  1315 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

4.8 Pharmacology Hours†


William Currie Buhrman, MD
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chairman Anesthesiology
Chief of Anesthesia
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Louis Guzzi, MD
Attending in Anesthesia and CCM
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and CCM
Florida State University School of Medicine
FHMG Medical Group
Orlando, Florida


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 #1033264; Expiration Date 1/26/17.

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 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 November 24, 2016 to December 24, 2016. No refund after December 24, 2016; 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.