Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure with a rich 300-year history just waiting to be discovered. Hundreds of lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District’s narrow streets. Visit Charles Towne Landing, the site where the original settlement was established in 1670.

Explore the Charleston Museum, our nation’s first museum, founded in 1773. Tour Patriots Point, the world’s largest naval and maritime museum and home to WW II’s Fighting Lady, the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Drive to Fort Moultrie, scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution and a mainstay of shore defense until 1947. Take a scenic boat tour to Fort Sumter, the man-made island fortress where the Civil War began. World-famous plantations and gardens offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into life during the antebellum era.

Informative tours of the Charleston area are offered daily and are a must for all who want to truly appreciate this living museum. The area’s lush sea islands and sun-drenched beaches offer as much recreation and relaxation as your heart desires. Golf is on a world-class level, with challenging courses reflecting the natural beauty of South Carolina’s low country. Charter fishing in the Gulf Stream or inshore waters is readily available. Shopping is a passionate pursuit. Marvel at native sweet grass baskets and handmade crafts found in Charleston’s famous open-air market or browse through inviting boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. When it comes to dining your biggest decision may just be what to try next.

Every meal is a celebration of tastes, with variety that ranges from traditional oyster roasts to fine continental dining. If festivals strike your fancy you have come to the right place. At any time of year you will always find more to see, do, and experience than you ever imagined in a place where warm welcomes have been a treasured tradition for over 300 years.

Belmond Charleston Place

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Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

Leisure activities include working out in the state of the art fitness center, dining in the award-winning Charleston Grill and browsing the exclusive boutiques. The undisputed jewel in the hotel’s crown is located on the roof top of the fourth floor. Featuring a stunning retractable glass roof, you’ll feel like you’re standing on top of the world. It’s a Mecca for swimmers and sun-worshippers alike with a heated saltwater pool and luxurious lounge chairs on the deck. Striking ‘porthole’ windows overlook downtown Charleston and lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise.

Renowned as Charleston’s finest accommodations, modern luxuries include master controlled lighting, bedside reading lamps, a mini refrigerator, robes, slippers and much more. Bathrooms feature Italian Carrara marble vanities, walk-in rain head shower or soaking tub with shower combination, and exclusive Belmond Charleston Place toiletries. Bedding options include a choice of one king or two double beds, based on availability at time of arrival.

The Belmond Charleston Place is located approximately 13 miles from the Charleston International Airport (CHS).

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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.


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.


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
Charleston, South Carolina
December 9-12, 2019

Monday, December 9

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Introduction S.Lowson  
  0700 Update in ARDS P.Marik  
  0800 Variability: Noise and Mechanical Ventilation B.Naik  
  0900 To Tube or Not to Tube…That Is the Question: Noninvasive Ventilation in Acute Respirator Failure E.Kilb  
  1000 Break
  1015 Management of TBI B.Naik  
  1115 Tactical Neurocritical Care J.Chalela  
  1215 Massive Transfusion S.Lowson  
  1315 Adjourn

Tuesday, December 10

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Updates in Neurocritical Care B.Naik  
  0800 Electrolyte Disorders in the Neuro ICU B.Naik  
  0900 Post-Intensive Care Syndrome J.Chalela  
  1000 Break
  1015 Nutrition in the ICU P.Marik  
  1115 Lactate Myths P.Marik  
  1215 Fluids in the ICU: Crystalloids and Colloids S.Lowson  
  1315 Adjourn

Wednesday, December 11

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 ECMO E.Hilton  
  0800 LVAD E.Hilton  
  0900 Management of SAH B.Naik  
  1000 Break
  1015 Sepsis P.Marik  
  1115 Vitamin C, Hydrocortisone and Thiamine for Sepsis P.Marik  
  1215 Obstetrics and Postpartum in the ICU E.Eriksson  
  1315 Adjourn

Thursday, December 12

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Hypertensive Emergencies P.Marik  
  0800 Mobility in the ICU P.Marik  
  0900 The Elderly and the ICU S.Lowson  
  1000 Break
  1015 Long-Term Outcomes After Critical Illness B.Naik  
  1115 Special Populations in Trauma E.Eriksson  
  1215 Point-of-Care Ultrasound R.George  
  1315 Closing S.Lowson  
  1320 Adjourn

24 CME

24 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  


Julio Alejandro Chalela, MD
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Medical Director of NSICU
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Evert A. Eriksson, MD, FACS, FCCP
Medical Director of Trauma Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Renuka George, MD
Assistant Professor of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Ebony J. Hilton, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgical Critical care
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Edward Kilb, MD
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

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

Paul E. Marik, MD, FCCP, FCCM
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Department of Internal Medicine
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Norfolk, Virginia

Bhiken Naik, MBBCh
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery
Associate Director, Nerancy Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
Fellowship Director-Anesthesia Critical Care
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia


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 24 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 24.00 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 I Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 24 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 24 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida 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. 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.


$100 October 10, 2019 to November 9, 2019. No refund after November 9, 2019; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS 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.

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.

We have a block of rooms for seminar participants. Once this block is sold, rooms are based upon availability only and may be at a higher rate. Rooms are available only through us 1 (800) 222-6927.

Travel at your own risk.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Seminars when booking. Contact Kellee Kilmer: 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.