Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson, nicknamed the Old Pueblo, is Arizona’s oldest city with a unique cultural blend of Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo heritages. At an elevation of 2,584 feet, Tucson is cradled by the Santa Catalina Mountains rising 9,100 feet to the north, the Rincon Mountains to the east, the Tucson Mountains to the west, and the Santa Rita and Sierrita Mountains to the south. Green trees such as palo verde, mesquite, and cottonwood grow in abundance.

Tucson is renowned for its superb weather. Warm and sunny throughout most of the year, the air is remarkably dry with a low relative humidity. The city is surrounded by majestic desert, verdant canyons, and rugged mountains all beneath an endless expanse of some of the bluest sky you’ve ever seen, creating the perfect environment for all kinds of activities. Looking for luxury shopping, fine dining, or fine art? Tucson offers a wide range of contemporary shopping, cuisine, and art with historic influences of centuries-old civilizations. If hiking and biking are more your style, hit up Ventana Canyon Hiking Trail, Rillito River Park, or Finger Rock Trail.

Is golf your game? The Tucson National Golf Course was designed by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin and has been host to over 30 PGA Tour Events. Traditional in design, it provides a fair test to players of all levels. The 419 Bermuda fairways and Pencross bent-grass greens make for a lush, manicured course. Mature trees border the fairways, while eight lakes and 80 strategically placed bunkers add to the enjoyment and challenge of the Tucson National experience. It provides a feeling of honor to play the course that great champions like Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, and Miller Barber have walked. Its reputation as one of the finest courses in the Southwest is well deserved. Whatever you love, you’ll love it even more amidst the hospitality and natural beauty of Tucson.

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

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Discover the magical qualities of The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, a luxurious property nestled amidst the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. From the Red Door Salon & Spa to our Jack Nicklaus-designed signature golf course, you’ll feel immersed in the endless possibilities.

The Westin La Paloma experience includes five year round spectacular pools, and features one of Tucson’s longest resort water slides—the 177 foot long SlideWinder. Our adult pool provides a serene and relaxing experience. Recline on a lounge chair, zip down the water-slide or enjoy a beverage and snack from Sabino’s Swim Up Bar & Grill. The Westin Family Kid’s Club is a destination for exploration created with kids’ well-being in mind.

Guests at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa can enjoy access to Racquets, the Tennis and Health Center at the adjoining La Paloma Country Club. Try out the ten championship courts, including four superb Georgia clay courts and six hardcourt surface courts. Visit the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio anytime for its full range of cardiovascular machines and strength-training equipment, or sweat it out in a fun class. Inside the health center are excellent indoor racquetball courts as well as a fully stocked pro shop to make sure you’re supplied with all your workout needs.

At the end of your workout, you can unwind in the steam rooms and freshen up in the comfortable locker and dressing rooms. The Red Door Spa integrates elements of science and technology with natural ingredients from earth and sea to provide spa therapies from around the world. With over 9,300 square feet of state-of-the-art splendor, this beautiful spa lets you stretch out in world-class therapies designed to nurture your body, mind, and spirit.

Ride horseback down mountain trails, or tour the territory by jeep amidst century-old Saguaro cactus and desert wildflowers. When it’s time to eat, your palate is in for a treat with 8 distinctive dining options. Traditional guestrooms feature 1 King or 2 Double Heavenly Beds® (based on hotel availability), Heavenly Bath® with rainforest showerhead and deep soaking tub, Wi-Fi access, private patio or balcony, flat screen TV, refreshment center, safe, iron/board, bathrobes, hairdryer, and more. The Westin La Paloma is located approximately 22 miles from the Tucson International Airport (TUS).

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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
Tucson, Arizona
March 22-25, 2018

Thursday, March 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0730 Preoperative Evaluation of Surgical Patients: When, Why and How? T.Trentman  
  0830 Anesthesia and the Autonomic Nervous System T.Trentman  
  0930 Break
  0945 Crisis Checklists and Anesthesia Practice T.Trentman  
  1045 Anesthetic Considerations Endovascular Surgery: EVAR, TEVAR, and FEVARs R.Isaak  
  1145 Goal-Directed Fluid Therapy: Using Dynamic Indices of Fluid Management R.Isaak  
  1245 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Pathways: Design, Implementation, and Sustainability R.Isaak  
  0830 Preoperative Point of Care Ultrasound R.Isaak  
  0930 Break
  0945 Myths and Facts Regarding Perioperative Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactoid Reactions R.Isaak  
  1045 Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia T.Trentman  
  1145 Regional Anesthesia and Peripheral Nerve Injury T.Trentman  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, March 24

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Professionalism, the OR, and the Age of Social Media T.Trentman  
  0830 Drug Diversion: Coming to a Practice Near You T.Trentman  
  0930 Break
  0945 Pediatric Airway Management A.Franklin  
  1045 Pediatric Anesthesia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea A.Franklin  
  1145 Pediatric Outpatient Anesthesia: Balancing Safety and Efficiency A.Franklin  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, March 25

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Prevention and Management of Pediatric Emergence Delirium A.Franklin  
  0830 Anesthetic Neurotoxicity and Pediatric Anesthesia A.Franklin  
  0930 Break
  0945 Common Myths in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia A.Franklin  
  1045 Perioperative Pulmonary Embolism Management R.Isaak  
  1145 Perioperative Multimodal Analgesia Techniques R.Isaak  
  1245 Adjourn
1.6 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CEC

4.7 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshements served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.


Andrew David Franklin, MD MBA
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Pain Management Services
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Robert Isaak, DO
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology, Liver Transplant Division
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Residency Program Director
Assistant Director, Enhanced Recovery Program
Durham, North Carolina

Terrence L. Trentman, MD
Chair - Department of Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology
College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, Arizona


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 CEC; AANA Code #1035399; Expiration date 3/25/18.

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, 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 January 21, 2018 to February 20, 2018. No refund after February 20, 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: kellee@universaltravel1.com


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.