Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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Lake Tahoe is the dazzling diamond in the northern Sierra Nevada’s jeweled crown. The uncompromising beauty of North America’s largest alpine lake is a vision of crystalline blue waters, towering pine trees, majestic mountains, and a translucent sky. Lake Tahoe’s glacier-carved basin unveils spectacular peaks that greet the sun more than 300 days each year and provide a stunning backdrop for casinos, ski resorts, and all manner of world-class activities, both indoors and out.

Alpine skiing is what many come for and no mountain region in North America can offer the variety of ski resorts and lifts that encircle Lake Tahoe. The couloirs, gullies, and chutes are welcomed by snowboarders, who have more natural half-pipes in Tahoe than anywhere else in the country. Even if you don’t ski, there’s definitely plenty to do at Lake Tahoe. One of the great pleasures of skiing at Lake Tahoe is that when the lifts close, the action doesn’t stop.

Fine restaurants, nightclubs, casino showrooms, big-name acts, Broadway-style entertainment and 24-hour gaming can entertain even the most hopeless insomniac. If you just want to relax, there’s always a spa or hot spring close by. Snowmobiling tends to be the number one option, and guided tours use hundreds of miles of scenic trails, encompassing several national forests. There are also sleigh rides, and dogsled tours which are great for kids and couples. Recently, snowshoeing has become popular at several state parks and at most of the cross-country ski areas, and it’s possible to take short, easy hikes through frosted meadows and pristine forest or even along snow-covered beaches.

The Stateline hotels have such a complete transportation infrastructure that guests arriving at the Reno or Tahoe airports can get along just fine without a car.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Tap into the rock star inside of you with a hotel experience that brings together lavishness, quality and edge. Guests will find modern amenities and facilities, picturesque views of Lake Tahoe and its alpine peaks and the kind of rock ‘n roll memorabilia you can only find at a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort.

Snow lovers can be on the hill in a matter of minutes, the Heavenly gondola descends into the heart of South Lake and is just a short walk from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. When it’s time to play, you don’t have to go to the action—the action comes to you. With a 25,000 square foot casino floor featuring more than 500 state-of-the-art video gaming machines and table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow and more, you’re going to need a bigger wallet.

Dine like a rock star as Executive Chef Jonathan Snyder introduces four amazing new restaurant and bar offerings. To complement the cuisine, mixologists provide signature cocktails made with the finest ingredients and liquors, served alongside a wide selection of both locally crafted and global beer selections – the perfect way to cap off your evening. Standard guest rooms offer comfortable living in contemporary surroundings and feature robes, hair dryer, safe, iron/board, and much more.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is located 53 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For more information on transportation to and from Reno-Tahoe International Airport visit or South Tahoe Express

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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
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
February 5-9, 2018

Monday, February 5

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Evaluation for the Broken Hearted Patient D.Sutherland  
  0800 New Insights Into Hypertension D.Sutherland  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 What Is New in Obstetric Anesthesia 2018 B.Clayton  
  1700 Steroids and Surgery S.Lowson  
  1800 Adjourn
1.7 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, February 6

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Arrhythmias: The Tachycardias S.Lowson  
  0800 Arrhythmias: The Bradycardias and Others S.Lowson  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Pulmonary Hypertension D.Sutherland  
  1700 Combination Spinal Epidural Technique B.Clayton  
  1800 Adjourn
2.1 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, February 7

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Management of Massive Obstetric Hemorrhage B.Clayton  
  0800 Code in the OB Unit: Resuscitation Efforts for Mom and Baby B.Clayton  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Goal-Directed Perioperative Fluid Management S.Lowson  
  1700 The New Face of Cardiac Surgery: Robots, Catheters, and Beating Hearts D.Sutherland  
  1800 Adjourn
1.8 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, February 8

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Anesthesia for Vascular Surgery: What You Need to Know From Head to Toe D.Sutherland  
  0800 Thoracic and Aortic Aneurysm Disease D.Sutherland  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Registration - Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Multimodal Pain Therapy: Ofirmev and the NSAIDs S.Lowson  
  1700 Multimodal Pain Therapy: Ketamine, Lidocaine, and Others S.Lowson  
  1800 Adjourn
2.4 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, February 9

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Myths of Anesthesia: What's Real and Why Do We Believe It? D.Sutherland  
  0800 The New Anticoagulants: What to Do With Them and How to Reverse Them? S.Lowson  
  0900 Break
  0915 Medical Legal Considerations Related to Obstetric Anesthesia B.Clayton  
  1015 Anesthetic Considerations for the Morbidly Obese B.Clayton  
  1115 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

10 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Beth Ann Clayton, DNP, MS, CRNA
Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Major
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center        
College of Nursing
Cincinnati, Ohio

Stuart Lowson, MD, BSc, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Surgical/Trauma ICU
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Dale F. Sutherland, MD
Delaware Anesthesia Associates
Director, Cardiac Anesthesia
Pain Management
Lewes, Delaware


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 #1034741; Expiration Date 2/9/18.

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 December 7, 2017 to January 6, 2018. No refund after January 6, 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)

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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.