Indian Wells, California

Only minutes from Palm Springs lies the unparalleled desert sanctuary that is the city of Indian Wells, California. Here, the stunning mountain vistas and majestic palm trees of Southern California are a stunning backdrop to some of the world's finest resorts and spas, golf courses, tennis facilities, shopping, and several other recreational activities.

From hiking, biking, horseback riding, and motorized tours of the famous San Andreas fault to a trip up the remarkable Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, there’s so much to do and see. Tour through celebrity neighborhoods or catch a high flying excursion in a hot air balloon. Be sure not to miss The Living Desert, a unique zoo and preserve dedicated to the desert ecosystem, located in Indian Wells and Palm Desert. The Palm Springs Art Museum provides extraordinary creative encounters based on its collections of modern and contemporary art and traditional art of the Americas.

The museum has an art collection that rivals urban metropolitan museums, and includes works from Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ansel Adams, and more. If you're looking for excellent dining options, look no further than Nest, a popular night spot for good food, drinks, live music, and dancing. Lighter fare and cocktails are a specialty at Eureka where you can dine inside or outdoors on the large covered patio. The El Paseo Shopping District is the Rodeo Drive of Palm Springs. Here you'll find high end shops, fashion boutiques, and art galleries with offerings for every budget.

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Just 20 minutes outside of Palm Springs, and nestled among 45 acres of lush gardens, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa provides the quintessential Palm Springs experience. Located within the exclusive Indian Wells community, the resort's unmatched hospitality, service, and access to a myriad of activities invite guests to relax, play and indulge. As a part of your stay, guests have access to the renowned Indian Wells Golf Resort right next door (fees apply).

You are invited to splash around with the kids at the children’s pool or enjoy some grown-up time at the adults only swimming pool with private cabanas. Schedule a treatment at the spa and immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of this desert retreat, then visit the salon for a touch-up to get you ready for a night out. Looking for fun things to do in Indian Wells and Palm Springs? You’ll find a rich assortment of arts and culture, including the Children’s Discovery Museum. If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure hike, bike, off road, or take to the air in a hot air balloon for a scenic view.

Try your luck at one of the casinos surrounding the resort or test your need for speed at the BMW Performance Center, only minutes away. There is also great shopping and dining options in the area. Standard rooms are approximately 550 square feet and offer 1 King or 2 Queen beds (based on availability) and feature a spa-inspired bath, private balcony, hairdryer, iron/board, coffee maker, robes, safe and more.

The hotel is located approximately 15 miles from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), 86 miles from Ontario International Airport (ONT), and 140 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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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
Indian Wells, California
June 13-16, 2022

Monday, June 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Update in ARDS J.Kress  
  0830 Acid-Base J.Kress  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hemodynamic Monitoring P.Henson  
  1045 Diagnosis and Management of Shock States P.Henson  
  1145 Patient-Mechanical Ventilator Interactions: Learning From Ventilator Graphics C.Sessler  
  1245 Adjourn
0.3 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, June 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Septic Shock: Concepts and Controversies C.Sessler  
  0830 Controversies in Neuromuscular Blockade C.Sessler  
  0930 Break
  0945 Sedation and Analgesia J.Kress  
  1045 Advanced Liver Disease in the ICU J.Kress  
  1145 Glycemic Management in the Perioperative and Critically Ill Patient P.Henson  
  1245 Adjourn
1.5 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, June 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 LVAD Support P.Henson  
  0830 Pulmonary Hypertension and RV Failure P.Henson  
  0930 Break
  0945 Life-threatening Pulmonary Thromboembolism C.Sessler  
  1045 Liberation From Mechanical Ventilation: Evidence-Based Practice C.Sessler  
  1145 Nutrition and the Microbiome J.Kress  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, June 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Complications in the ICU J.Kress  
  0830 ICU Care: Less Is More J.Kress  
  0930 Break
  0945 Myocardial Ischemia P.Henson  
  1045 Acute Renal Failure P.Henson  
  1145 Don't Worry, Be Happy: Mitigating Burnout in the ICU C.Sessler  
  1245 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 12/21/21


C. Patrick Henson, DO
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Division of Critical Care Anesthesiology
Medical Director, OR Holding Room and PACU
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

John P. Kress, MD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Director, Medical ICU
University of Chicago
Department of Medicine
Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Chicago, Illinois

Curtis N. Sessler, MD, FCCP, FCCM, ATSF
Orhan Muren Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Associate Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Medicine
Director, Center for Adult Critical Care
Medical Director, Critical Care & MRICU
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Medical College of Virginia Physicians & Hospitals
Richmond, Virginia


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


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 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: 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,, 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 1041597; Expiration Date 06/16/22.

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.


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


$100 April 14, 2022 to May 14, 2022. No refund after May 14, 2022; 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.


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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