Orlando, Florida

With over 40 million visitors every year, Orlando has long been one of the most popular vacation spots in the country. Most people automatically think of the mouse, but Orlando has a lot more to offer, no matter what you like to do on vacation. There’s golf, shopping, nearby beaches, large theme parks, and exciting nightlife.

Orlando is not just for kids anymore! From the thrill of new attractions at the world-famous theme parks and restaurants serving scrumptious foods to enlightening cultural excursions, Orlando offers a completely new vacation experience for first-time and repeat visitors.

Here are just a few of the attractions:

Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk; Titanic: The Experience; SeaWorld; Disney’s Animal Kingdom®; Test Track ride at Epcot®; Magic Kingdom® Park; the Brevard Zoo; and La Nouba™ - Cirque du Soleil®. Then there is the dining with entertainment. Orlando has the world’s largest Hard Rock Café, a Planet Hollywood, Harley Davidson, NASCAR Café, and almost every other themed restaurant that exists. In addition there is a wonderful collection of ethnic eateries. For a complete list visit:


Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, fun gets an Italian accent - and everyone gets to have an unforgettable time. Since this hotel is located bayside, right on the grounds of Universal Orlando, the thrills couldn’t be any closer. Nestled along the water, and with details like cobblestone streets and towering Italian cypress trees just like the seaside town of Portofino, Italy, you’ll swear you’re actually in Europe. Here, you’ll find  three stunning pools to choose from playful to chill. The Beach Pool is ideal place for the family  featuring a Roman aqueduct-themed water-slide, sandy beach, adjacent children’s pool, two hot tubs and three colorful beach cabanas. For those who’d like to indulge in a little pampering, the full-service Mandara Spa® offers a personal oasis where you can relax, rejuvenate, and renew. Enjoy an invigorating workout at Mandara Spa®’s Fitness Center. From free weights to a variety of cardio machines, the facilities are designed to keep your workout routine. If you like to shop, you'll find an amazing variety of stores here, offering everything from character-themed souvenirs and apparel to valuable collectibles. Explore five wonderful boutiques right inside Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, where you can find European fashions, jewelry, rare works of art and more. After hours of excitement at the parks, come back to the hotel and take the time to sip an espresso or enjoy a creamy gelato in the Harbor Piazza as you listen to live music. Every evening, the hotel’s Harbor Piazza comes alive with a musical celebration that captures the romance and charm of Italy and the allure of Mediterranean hospitality. When it's time to dine, choose from 8 restaurants and lounges with everything from gourmet dining to grab and go options. Newly renovated guest rooms have Italian flair and offer amenities such as mini refrigerator, Keurig coffeemaker with gourmet coffee and teas, laptop safe, free Wi-Fi, iHome iPod docking station, iron/board, hair dryer and much more.

But the magic doesn’t stop there. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel guests receive exclusive theme park benefits that will make your time at Universal Orlando even sweeter. Right next door are two amazing theme parks plus the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. Walking paths and shuttle buses connect all of Universal Orlando's on-site resort hotels to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. Universal's Volcano Bay is accessible via complimentary shuttle.

Guests of ALL Universal Orlando Resort Hotels Enjoy:
Breeze into Universal’s Volcano Bay an hour earlier than other guests with Early Park Admission*. Valid theme park admission required (select attractions).
It’s a quick hop from Universal Orlando Resort hotels to the parks with free water taxis or Shuttles.
Everything’s in walking distance. Most of Universal Orlando Resort hotels and parks are connected with paths that are awesome for a nice stroll or a healthy jog. There's even a walking path straight to Universal's Volcano Bay from select hotels.
Keep it simple when you dine and shop by charging purchases across the Resort to your room key card.
Want to shop without carrying your purchases around? There's free merchandise delivery from Resort shops to your Universal hotel.
Wake up with a star. Get an exclusive Universal Orlando wake-up call each morning.

Plus, Guests of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel also enjoy:
Forget the regular lines with FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure†. Valid theme park admission required (select attractions).
Save time with priority seating at many Universal Orlando restaurants for guests of Premier hotels. Just show your valid room key to the hostess.

Terms and conditions may apply. Inclusions subject to change without notice.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is located approximately 18 miles from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Universal Orlando Resort: Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Universal CityWalk: Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Universal’s Volcano Bay: Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando: Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2023 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved.
Mandara Spa®: Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2023 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved.
*Early Park Admission: Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

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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
Orlando, Florida
March 13-16, 2025

Thursday, March 13

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 ARDS Management Overview M.Javed
  0830 Ventilator Asynchrony: Using Ventilator Graphics to Improve Patient Care M.Javed
  0930 Break
  0945 Acute Stroke Intervention T.Bleck
  1045 Critical Care of the Patient With Acute Subarachnoid Hemorrhage T.Bleck
  1145 Post-Cardiac Arrest Care J.Shiber
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, March 14

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 EKGs (A Curriculum of Lectures: Ischemia, Infarction, Arrhythmias, etc.) J.Shiber
  0830 Trauma Airway Management J.Shiber
  0930 Break
  0945 ECMO for the General Intensivist M.Javed
  1045 DKA Management M.Javed
  1145 Neurologic Implications of Sepsis T.Bleck
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, March 15

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Seizures and Status Epilepticus T.Bleck
  0830 Management of Severe Head Trauma T.Bleck
  0930 Break
  0945 How We Got to Now: The History of Resuscitation J.Shiber
  1045 The Critically Ill IVDA J.Shiber
  1145 Newer Anticoagulants and Reversal Methodologies M.Javed
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, March 16

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Burnout in the ICU M.Javed
  0830 Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care in the ICU M.Javed
  0930 Break
  0945 Neurogenic Respiratory Failure T.Bleck
  1045 Coma and Brain Death T.Bleck
  1145 Cardiac Devices: Pacers, ICDs, VADs J.Shiber
  1245 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

4.4 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  
  Rev. 5/28/24  


Thomas P. Bleck, MD, MCCM, FNCS
Professor of Neurology, Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Professor Emeritus of Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, and Internal Medicine
Rush Medical College
Chicago, Illinois
Director, Neurocritical Care Fellowship
Northwestern University
Founding Past President, The Neurocritical Care Society
Senior Editor, Critical Care Medicine

Muhammad Ali Javed, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Neuro Critical Care
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
Department of Critical Care Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Neurology and Surgery
Co-Director, Neuroscience ICU and ICU UF North
Director, ECMO / Advanced Lung Service
Intensivist, SICU / TICU
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, Florida

(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, 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 1044509; Expiration Date 05/16/2025.

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 March 13, 2025. Cancellations between March 14, 2025, and April 13, 2025, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after April 13, 2025, 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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