Telluride, Colorado

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See for yourself why Telluride was rated the #1 ski resort in North America by Conde Nast readers! Telluride is a legendary, world-class skiing destination, offering more than 2,000 skiable acres with over 125 trails to appeal to every skill level. The area is a sportsman’s paradise with great cross country skiing, heli-skiing, ice climbing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, dog sledding and ice skating.

Encompassing a diverse geographic region ranging from rugged mountain plateaus to arid ranching communities, San Miguel County is a rich combination of scenic beauty, colorful heritage, and modern development. Over 20 unique towns call San Miguel County home, as well as portions of the Uncompahgre National Forest and the recreational havens of Lizard Head and Mount Sneffels Wildernesses. Two scenic byways meander through the county: the San Juan Skyway and Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.

Hotel Madeline Telluride

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Hotel Madeline offers Telluride accommodations that deliver the utmost in comfort, style and atmosphere. Each guest room at Hotel Madeline Telluride is designed with your comfort in mind. Superior King rooms are approximately 505 square feet; Deluxe 2 Queen rooms are approximately 527 square feet. Amenities in all rooms include 42” flat screen HDTV, iPod connection, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, iron/board, laptop safe, coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, deep soaking tub, and more. 
Resort Fee includes: Slopeside Ski Valet, fitness center, steam room, year–round heated swimming pool and hot tub, business center, 20 Below (kid’s hangout), and the Studio (Yoga and Pilates), as well as high-speed wireless internet, in–room coffee and teas, local and 800 number phone calls, nightly turndown service as requested, in–room mineral water replenished daily, iPad newspaper service, Mountain Village Dial–A–Ride transportation, round trip transfers from Telluride Airport (TEX), and Resort activities as available. Resort fee inclusions subject to change without notice.

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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
Telluride, Colorado
March 19-23, 2018

Monday, March 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 Trauma Epidemiology, Mechanisms of Injury, and Prehospital Care C.Smith  
  0800 Checklist for Trauma and Emergency Anesthesia C.Smith  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Brain Functioning Monitoring Update S.Brudney  
  1700 Management of Cerebral Aneurysms: Interventional Radiology to the Operating Room S.Clendenen  
  1800 Adjourn 0.5 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, March 20

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access S.Clendenen  
  0800 Ultrasound 101: What's Different About Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia? S.Clendenen  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Emergency Airway Management in Trauma C.Smith  
  1700 Morbid Obesity and Anesthesia S.Brudney  
  1800 Adjourn 0.4 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, March 21

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Pharmacology Update 2018 S.Brudney  
  0800 Enhanced Recovery: What Is It? Should It be Standard of Care? S.Brudney  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Epidural, Paravertebral, or Transversus Abdominus Plane Block: Is There an Ideal Block?


  1700 Massive Transfusion Protocol in Trauma Anesthesia C.Smith  
  1800 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, March 22

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Anesthetic Considerations for Traumatic Brain Injury C.Smith  
  0800 Anesthetic Considerations for Ocular and Maxillofacial Trauma C.Smith  
  0900 Ski Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Carotid Artery Surgery: Who Should Get It? Are These Patients Special? S.Brudney  
  1700 Regional Anesthesia Complications: Nerve Injury and Local Anesthesia Toxicity S.Clendenen  
  1800 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 23

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Obstructive Sleep Apnea S.Clendenen  
  0800 Acute Pain Management in the Chronic Pain Patient S.Clendenen  
  0900 Break
  0915 Sedation in the ICU: What Is the State of the Art? S.Brudney  
  1015 Perioperative Hypothermia


  1115 Adjourn
1 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME I

20 CEC

4.2 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Charles S. Brudney, MB, BCh, FRCA
Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Steven R. Clendenen, MD
Chair, Division of Regional Anesthesia
Vice-Chair Practice, Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Charles E. Smith, MD
Professor of Anesthesia
Attending Anesthesiologist
Director, Anesthesia Research
MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio


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 #1034630; Expiration Date 3/23/2018.

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 January 18, 2018 to February 17, 2018. No refund after February 17, 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.