Moab, Utah

Majestic rock formations, stunning canyons, scenic rivers and forests are only a sample of the natural wonders that make up Moab, Utah. Visitors from all over the world come to Moab for its easy access to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, where soaring pinnacles and massive arches of red rock capture the unique geology of this desert landscape. At Arches National Park, enjoy the outdoors with challenging hiking trails, rock-climbing, and horseback tours. Canyonlands National Park features several areas of interest including the expansive views from Island in the Sky, the colorful striated spires of The Needles rock formation, and Horeshoe Canyon's American Indian rock art collection.

Explore Moab's quaint downtown area where visitors can relax while browsing shops and galleries for that perfect souvenir. Moab boasts the perfect climate for year-round outdoor events and festivals featuring food, music, art, and more. Close proximity to the Colorado River makes Moab an ideal location for watersports enthusiasts including family-oriented whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing and more. Get a bird's eye view from above on a hot-air balloon ride or kick up some dust on a ATV tour.

Those that wish to visit nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are required to purchase a recreational pass.

SpringHill Suites Moab

SpringHill Suites Moab is the closest hotel to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, making it a convenient homebase for your adventures. Soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip after a full day of exploring in one of two stunning pools, three hot tubs and a kid's canyon complete with a splash pad. Begin the day with the hotel's complimentary hot breakfast buffet or purchase a quick snack in the 24-Hour Corner Market.

Get in a workout at the 24-hour fitness center or stay productive at in the business center. After a full day of exploring, relax in your spacious suites equipped with flat screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, mini fridge, microwave, coffee/tea maker, alarm clock, hair dryer, iron/board and more. King Suites feature 1 King bed plus 1 Twin-size Pullout Trundle Sofa Bed. Queen Queen Suites feature 2 Queen Beds plus 1 Twin-size Pullout Trundle Sofa Bed. Families will appreciate the Family Suites with 1 King Bed plus 1 Full/Twin Bunkbed and Twin-size Pullout Trundle Sofa Bed.

SpringHill Suites Moab is located approximately a 5 minute drive from Arches National Park, 28 miles from Canyonlands National Park, 15 miles from Canyonlands Field Regional Airport (CNY), 111 miles from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) and 237 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Having a rental car for this location is recommended o you can have the freedom to explore. Advance reservations are suggested.

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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.


This continuing education program is designed for healthcare professionals working in critical care settings. The program aims to provide attendees with the latest updates and advancements in critical care, enhancing their clinical skills and knowledge to optimize patient outcomes. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and discussion with faculty/peers, attendees will learn about the latest evidence-based guidelines and best practices for managing critically ill patients.


Bolster knowledge, competence, and utilization of the most recent evidence-based critical care clinical practice guidelines.

Expand competence in the management of patients with complex comorbidities and less common medical conditions, thereby improving patient outcomes and safety.

Improve skills/strategies in managing mechanical ventilation for patients with complex respiratory conditions.

Increase knowledge and competence in effectively interpreting and applying hemodynamic monitoring data to guide patient care.

Enhance ability to analyze complex situations from an ethical and legal perspective, protecting both patients and healthcare providers.

Refine and strengthen competence in the prevention and management of common complications in critically ill patients.

Strengthen and augment ability to apply and interpret diagnostic testing/imaging used in critical care.

Augment recognition and coping strategies to mitigate the effects of workplace stressors and burnout and achieve wellbeing in the clinical setting.

Note: Not all objectives apply to every program.

Critical Care: The Team Approach
Moab, Utah
October 7-11, 2024

Monday, October 7

  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 Arterial Blood Gas Evaluation: Ions, Acids and Bases I L.Guzzi
  1045 Arterial Blood Gas Evaluation: Ions, Acids and Bases II L.Guzzi
  1145 Applied Respiratory Physiology for Critical Care S.Akhtar
  1245 Adjourn

Tuesday, October 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Sedation in the ICU S.Akhtar
  0830 Pharmacological Management of Delirium S.Akhtar
  0930 Break
  0945 Managing the Obese ICU Patient L.Morrow
  1045 The Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Perpetuating Myths Since 2001 L.Morrow
  1145 Cardiac ERAS L.Guzzi
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, October 9 – Day Open


Thursday, October 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 ECMO / Impella L.Guzzi
  0830 Noninvasive Cardiac Management: SVV, CO, CI - Treatment and Science L.Guzzi
  0930 Break
  0945 Perioperative Myocardial Infarction S.Akhtar
  1045 Geriatric Critical Care S.Akhtar
  1145 Managing Organ Donors in Your ICU L.Morrow
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, October 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Massive Bleeding, Blood Products, and the Thromboelastogram (TEG) L.Morrow
  0830 The Ongoing 'Ideal' Resuscitation Fluid Debate L.Morrow
  0930 Break
  0945 Airway Management in the ICU: Basic to Advanced L.Guzzi
  1045 AKI in the ICU L.Guzzi
  1145 Glycemic Control in the ICU S.Akhtar
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

6.8 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  
  Rev. 6/27/23  


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

Louis Guzzi, MD, FCCM
Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and CCM
Florida State University School of Medicine
Director Cardiovascular and Vascular Intensive Care Unit
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando, Florida

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

(non-speaking role)

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


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,, 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 1043563; Expiration Date 10/11/2024.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) 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 of the AR, DC, FL, GA, KS, KY, MI, MS, NH, NM, ND, SC, WV, and WY nursing boards. 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.


No penalty if canceled by August 7, 2024. Cancellations between August 8, 2024, and September 7, 2024, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after September 7, 2024, are not eligible for a refund. However, 50% of the tuition paid can 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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