Scottsdale, Arizona

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Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale has you covered with age-appropriate activities and attractions that everyone will enjoy. Exciting desert adventures, hands-on museum exhibits, and kid-friendly restaurants are ready to be added to your itinerary.

Saddle up for an adventure with horseback riding excursions, head over to Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse for a variety of Old West-inspired fun like quaint souvenir shops and an authentic Blacksmith, live-action stunt shows and shoot-outs, and cowboy tunes in the saloon. Golf lovers will find more than 200 courses in the city and surrounding area. Outdoor activities beckon, whether you’re looking for an energizing desert hike, a thrilling off-road tour, or tracks that will put your bike handling skills to the test. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, in the city’s northern reaches, is the largest urban wilderness area in the United States and features more than 60 miles of trails through diverse and scenic desert terrain.

Downtown Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife. Country roots still run deep, even beyond the cowboys, ranchers and farmers that swept into town in the late 1800s. Acclaimed chefs create bold flavors that flirt with your taste buds at more than 600 restaurants serving up regional and global specialties. Sophistication and robust wine lists top it all off with fabulous al fresco dining. No matter what type of cuisine you’re craving, you’ll find plenty of flavors to savor. Scottsdale’s shopping scene is bursting with magnificent malls, designer boutiques and out-of-the-way gems that are ideal for indulging in some well-deserved retail therapy.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

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Overlook Camelback Mountain from your bungalow at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, located in a desert enclave, tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Resembling an artistic haven, this resort features authentic works and bright designs to inspire you. While at the resort, dine at two exciting restaurants, unwind at the poolside bar, and relax in the spa.

Paradise Valley invites with its neighborhood feel, or you can explore Old Town Scottsdale and Phoenix, hosting many of Arizona's top attractions. The revered Cattle Track Arts Compound is located just moments away from our hotel. Opened in 1936, this artists' collective is host to artists, jewelers, potters, blacksmiths, printers, and performers in a collaborative environment. Whatever adventure you prefer, your dream getaway awaits at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Become rejuvenated in no time in Arizona’s desert.

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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.

Topics in Anesthesia
Scottsdale, Arizona
May 16-19, 2018

Wednesday, May 16

  0700 Registration Mandatory Sign In Breakfast
  0725 Welcome
NWAS Staff
  0730 Natural Disaster Management: Theory and Practice
  0830 Murphy's Law: Minimizing the Risk of Anesthesia
  0930 Break
  0945 Drug Related Errors and How to Avoid Them
  1045 Update: Trauma Anesthesia
  1145 Management of the Patient With Acute Coagulopathy of Trauma
  1245 Adjourn
1.1 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, May 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Review: Care of Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury
  0830 Managing the Patient With an Unstable Spine
  0930 Break
  0945 Regional Anesthesia and Anticoagulation
  1045 Subanesthetic Ketamine: What's Old Is New Again!
  1145 Hypotension in Beach Chair Position
  1245 Adjourn
1.8 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, May 18

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 What's New in Understanding Blast Injury
  0830 Burn Injury
  0930 Break
  0945 Sugammadex: My Favorite Doughnut
  1045 Is There a Medical Professional Aboard This Aircraft?
  1145 Challenges at 35,000 ft: Case Discussions
  1245 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, May 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Damage Control Resuscitation
  0830 Colloid vs. Crystalloid for Resuscitation of Trauma Patients
  0930 Break
  0945 NOAC Reversal Agents: A Dream Come True?
  1045 Forever Young: Anesthesia in the Elderly
  1145 Issues With the Elderly: Case Discussions
  1245 Adjourn
3.4 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

7.7 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Lopa M. Misra, DO
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Michael J. Murray MD PhD FCCM FCCP
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, Arizona
Staff Anesthesiologist
Grand Canyon Anesthesiology Consultants
Phoenix, Arizona

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


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 #1034976; Expiration Date 5/19/18.

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 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 March 17, 2018 to April 16, 2018. No refund after April 16, 2018; 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 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.