Banff, Alberta, Canada

Welcome to the town of Banff in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Rocky Mountains have long been an area of great significance to native peoples. The valleys were places of ceremony and celebration; the lakes and mineral springs offered rejuvenation for mind, body, and spirit. It was here, in 1885, that the Canadian Government created Canada’s first National Park. Today the Banff/Lake Louise area is a crossroads for international visitors and offers everything from spiritual retreats to contemporary art exhibits and theatrical performances.

Vacation possibilities here are as diverse as the Canadian Rocky Mountain landscape. Airplane tours offer guided flights for a unique view of the magnificent Canadian Rockies. Relax aboard glass-enclosed boats as you travel through the Minnewanka Valley to Devil’s Gap on Lake Minnewanka. Fish peacefully along the shore of an alpine lake or stream. Cast at will, timelessly drifting along. Tee-off amongst the backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges, with local wildlife as your gallery.

Enjoy panoramic views, short hiking trails, interpretive exhibits, and restaurants. For the adventurer, take part in heli-sightseeing or heli-hiking. Learn a new skill with training programs for all skill levels in the disciplines of rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, outdoor leadership, avalanche awareness, and ski mountaineering.

For those who prefer a more relaxed, slower-paced alpine experience, backpacking or mountaineering adventures are offered. ATV tours are designed to get you off the main roads and into the wilderness. Kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and floating are also part of the fun on the local rivers and lakes. Horseback ride through a pine forest with a nature guide hearing only hoof beats, bask in a natural hot spring or a luxury spa, or explore a glacier at the Columbia Icefield.

Finally, enjoy strolling alongside locals and world-travellers in downtown Banff as you discover a cosmopolitan collection of galleries, boutiques, and cafés. Shops range from internationally recognized clothiers and independently-owned establishments to Canada’s oldest department store.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, a luxury spa, pool and fitness center.

Premium guest rooms are 350 square feet, offer panoramic views of Banff National Park, and feature 1 King bed or 2 Queen beds (based on availability), LCD TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, mini-fridge, Keurig coffee maker, safe, hair dryer, iron/board and more.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located on Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, a 5 minute drive from the Banff town site and 1.5 hours west of Calgary International Airport (approx 90 miles/145 kilometers).

Park Pass: The city of Banff is located in one of Canada's National Parks. Everyone entering the parks must purchase a park pass. The rate is approximately $11 CAD per day for 1 adult or $22 CAD total per day for 2 or more persons in the same vehicle. Daily passes are sold for no more than 6 days, so if you are staying longer you must purchase a yearly pass for $75.25 CAD per adult or $151.25 CAD for family. Visit https://parks.canada.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/tarifs-fees#admission for more information. Prices are subject to change without notice. You can purchase your pass online and print it out in advance: https://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/en?_ga=2.213620820.1177900272.1678494073-1442293178.1678228104

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TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and all other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of the critical care specialty or are impacted by it.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The practitioner of critical care medicine must 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, 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; and provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner.

Presentations are designed to facilitate the healthcare provider 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. 

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

Apply the pertinent physical and behavioral sciences as they impact and are affected by the planning, delivery, and monitoring of critical care services.

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, and contraindications and precautions of drugs based on their chemical and pharmacologic properties.

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 all aspects of patient care regardless of the clinical environment in which the practice resides.

Incorporate the appropriate recommendations and/or requirements of pertinent external organizations, institutions, and professional groups in the provision of critical care services, whether medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, or health care management standards.
 

Critical Care: The Team Approach
Banff, Alberta, Canada
June 16-20, 2025

Monday, June 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign-in - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 Mechanical Ventilation: Does the Mode Matter? L.Morrow
  0830 Ventilator Graphics L.Morrow
  0930 Break
  0945 Intracranial Hemorrhage A.Afshinnik
  1045 Management of Intracranial Hypertension A.Afshinnik
  1145 Glycemic Control in the ICU S.Akhtar
  1245 Adjourn
     

Tuesday, June 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign-in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Sedation in the ICU S.Akhtar
  0830 Pharmacological Management of Delirium S.Akhtar
  0930 Break
  0945 The Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Perpetuating Myths Since 2001 L.Morrow
  1045 From Swan to Cheetah: Hemodynamic Monitoring in the ICU L.Morrow
  1145 Direct Oral Anticoagulant Reversal A.Afshinnik
  1245 Adjourn
     

Wednesday, June 18 - Day Open

     

Thursday, June 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign-in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Status Epilepticus A.Afshinnik
  0830 Adult Brain Death A.Afshinnik
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Myocardial Infarction S.Akhtar
  1045 Fluids, Electrolytes and Hypertonic Therapy in the ICU S.Akhtar
  1145 You Won't Believe What I Saw in the ICU Today L.Morrow
  1245 Adjourn
     

Friday, June 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign-in - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Massive Bleeding, Blood Products, and the Thromboelastogram (TEG) L.Morrow
  0830 Managing the Obese ICU Patient L.Morrow
  0930 Break
  0945 Neurocritical Care: Cardiac Interface A.Afshinnik
  1045 Let’s Talk About Cooling A.Afshinnik
  1145 Geriatric Critical Care S.Akhtar
  1245 Adjourn  
 

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

8 Pharmacology Hours†

 
  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  
  Rev. 4/24/24  

FACULTY

Arash Afshinnik, MD, MBA, FNCS
Director of Neurocritical Care
Community Medical Centers
Clinical Professor - Volunteer
UCSF Physiological School of Nursing
Fresno, California

Shamsuddin Akhtar, MD
Section Chief, Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellowship
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
Director Anesthesia Critical Care
Past-President Society for Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

Lee Morrow, MD, MSc, FCP, FCCP, FCCM, ATSF
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacy
Creighton University
Chief Medical Officer
Live On Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
(non-speaking role)

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

ACCREDITATION

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Northwest Anesthesia Seminars / Northwest Seminars 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: This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0® requirements.

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 Anesthesiology for 20 Class A CE credits; AANA approval number 1044452; Expiration Date 06/20/2025.

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/NWS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), 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).

The AANA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #10862.

This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.

COURSE DIRECTOR

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

SCHEDULE AND FACULTY CHANGES

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.

COURSE CANCELLATION BY PROVIDER

We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS/NWS 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.

COURSE CANCELLATION FEE

$100 April 17, 2025 to May 17, 2025. No refund after May 17, 2025; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS/NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing. No tuition credit or refund will be issued for attendees that are no-shows for the program.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

We value your patronage and have a simple program to reward you. Our Frequent Attendee Points (FAP) program gives you an added bonus for money spent on our seminars, as well as cruise cabins booked through our in-house travel agency, Northwest Worldwide Travel.

You are automatically enrolled in this program with your paid registration. Click here for more information.

*Effective January 1, 2023, net hotel stays for 2023 and beyond will no longer be included in FAP calculations.

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.

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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.

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