Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado's reputation as one of the best alpine resorts in the world is well-earned. With 350,000 acres of national forest and 5,289 skiable acres, Vail welcomes visitors with its small-town feel and abundance of recreational activities.

Hit the trails for hiking, biking, or snowmobiling. Catch breaktaking mountain views aboard the Vail Scenic Gondola. Take a walking food and beverage tour, or shop the village for a new ski set. Nature enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a botanical wonder featuring a wide variety of alpine vegitation, trees, flowers, and succulents.

Grand Hyatt Vail

Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek, Grand Hyatt Vail is the premier destination resort in the heart of Vail. The location features ski-in/ski-out access, elevated dining, entertainment and is conveniently located a short distance from Lionshead and Vail Villages. The hotel features bold, vibrant architecture inspired by its scenic locale and welcoming service, with exclusive amenities.

Enjoy convenient access to Vail Mountain skiing and snowboarding with world-class ski rental, concierge, valet, and a Vail Resorts-operated ticket office just steps away. After a day of adventure, listen to the creek flow by while gazing at forested vistas at the creek-side infinity pool featuring two hot tubs for relaxation. Guests will enjoy access to a 24/7 fitness center, offering free weights, cardio equipment, and more. Additionally, enjoy a workout at the on-site Aria Athletic Club, a 50,000 square foot fitness facility featuring a selection of fitness classes. The Spa at Grand Hyatt Vail, follows in the footsteps of traditional alpine spas, achieving balance by embracing both the natural splendor and healing powers of the surrounding environment. Think steaming Jacuzzis to warm up après-ski, Swedish massages, mountain mud baths and body scrubs infused with botanicals.

When it is time to dine, Grand Hyatt Vail boasts multiple on-site restaurants, including an all-day eatery with ingredients sourced sustainably and locally. Superior Guest Rooms feature 1 king on 2 queen beds (based on availability), flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, laptop-sized safe, iron/board, hair dryer, plush bathrobes and slippers, JBL Bluetooth Docking Station and more.

Grand Hyatt Vail is located approximately 125 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN). The hotel offers valet parking, for a fee of approximately $40 per day. There is no self-parking available at the hotel. Parking fees subject to change without notice.

Important Notice: Vail Ski Resort lift tickets and reservations must be made in advance. Ticket windows will not be open this season. It is recommend that attendees purchase Epic Day Passes, which provides for priority access. For FAQ and details, visit:

As a reminder, Northwest Anesthesia Seminars/Northwest Seminars/Northwest World Wide Travel reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason. NWAS/NWWT/NWWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur (including  but not limited to non-refundable lift tickets or gear rental costs).  We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.

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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 anesthesia 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.

Anesthesia Update
Vail, Colorado
March 8–12, 2021

Monday, March 8

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Welcome NWAS Staff  
  0700 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 1: Preop Clearance Is Becoming Less Clear M.Murphy  
  0800 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 2: Periop MINS - What Is That? M.Murphy  
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Burn Anesthesia: Review of Basics and a Case Study of a Self-Immolation J.Krystofinski  
  1700 Goal-Directed Perioperative Fluid Management S.Lowson  
  1800 Adjourn
1.9 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, March 9

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 How Do We Assess Volume in the Perioperative Period? S.Lowson  
  0800 Crystalloids and Colloids: The Ongoing Debate Period S.Lowson  
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 The Patient With Cardiac Disease 3: Perioperative Stent and CIED Management M.Murphy  
  1700 Burn Anesthesia Techniques You May Never See: Outpatient Laser Therapy, Multimodal, Audio-Visual Distraction Strategies, and Procedures Outside of the OR J.Krystofinski  
  1800 Adjourn
2.5 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, March 10

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Alternative and Complimentary Medications: The Unique Problems They Represent J.Krystofinski  
  0800 Ketamine and Gabapentin: Their Past and Present Places in Our Anesthesia Armory J.Krystofinski  
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Steroids and Surgery S.Lowson  
  1700 The Patient With OSA: Hidden Dangers for Everyone M.Murphy  
  1800 Adjourn
3.2 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, March 11

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Risk Management: The Clinical Minefields Where You Walk and Work: Part I M.Murphy  
  0800 Risk Management: The Ethical Minefields Where You Walk and Work: Part II M.Murphy  
  0900 Ski Break
  1530 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Synthetic "Newest Designer" Drugs and the Anesthetic Implications J.Krystofinski  
  1700 Electrolyte Emergencies S.Lowson  
  1800 Adjourn
2.2 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 12

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Arrhythmias: The Tachycardias S.Lowson  
  0800 Arrhythmias: The Bradycardias and Others S.Lowson  
  0900 Break
  0915 The Obesity Epidemic Is Getting "Bigger" M.Murphy  
  1015 The Opioid Crisis and the Best Practice for the Patients on Methadone and Suboxone J.Krystofinski  
  1115 Adjourn
2.8 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

12.6 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 2/1/21


Jill M. Krystofinski, CRNA, MSN
Staff and Lead Burn CRNA
Lehigh Valley Anesthesia Services, P.C.
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Stuart Lowson, BSc, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Co-Director Surgical Trauma ICU
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

Mark T. Murphy, MD
MSN Education, LLC
Treasure Island, Florida
Medical Director
Northwest Anesthesia Seminars
Pasco, Washington


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 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 24 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1039784; Expiration Date 3/12/2021.

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 14, 2021 to February 13, 2021. No refund after February 13, 2021; 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 Going Places. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - 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.