Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton), South Carolina

Known as one of the benchmarks in Lowcountry living as one of the finest communities in the Southeast. Palmetto Bluff is a small quaint community that combines privacy and extensive amenities near Hilton Head and Savannah. Enriched by wilderness, rivers, and salt marshes and the aromatic smells of nature, Palmetto Bluff is an experience like no other.

Palmetto Bluff has a diverse amount of things to do, from kayaking, boating, fishing, playing a round at the May River Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, testing your archery and marksmanship skills at the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, rejuvenating in the state of the art Spa Montage, to visiting the nearby Fort Pulaski National Monument, Cockspur Island Lighthouse, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and so much more. Enjoy Palmetto Bluff's scenic views from the 20 miles of trails throughout the area that are open to the public. Hike, bike, or walk the trails in these beautiful wooded areas. No trip to Palmetto Bluff is complete without a Lowcountry keepsake to take home with you. Some of the best Southern makers and artisans call this area home, and you can browse their wares in retail locations around the Bluff.

Dining around Palmetto Bluff can be a luxury experience. With restaurants like Octagon which has an elegant farm-to-table southern feel, the River House, an upscale waterfront steakhouse and seafood restaurant which gives an organic new American elegance, or Buffalos that specializes in Lowcountry cuisine.

Montage Palmetto Bluff

Set between Hilton Head and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff is nestled along the banks of the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Montage Palmetto Bluff is the classic southern escape you have been looking for, with beautifully enriched wilderness, rivers, and salt marshes in this 20,000 acre community.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is a beautiful resort that provides the best views of the maritime forest, inland lagoons, and the sweeping May River. Guest rooms feature amenities such as 1 King or 2 Queen beds (based on hotel availability), LCD Smart TV and stereo, Nespresso Coffee Machine, mini refrigerator, safe, iron/board, steamer, hairdryer, and more. Montage Palmetto Bluff also offers an array of hotel amenities like biking and fishing equipment, afternoon “porching”, nightly s'mores and offerings of classics Lowcountry dishes like shrimp 'n grits and oysters. With so many things to do from tubing, kayaking, and dolphin watching at sunset everyone can enjoy the luxurious accommodations from Montage Palmetto Bluff.

The eateries at the Montage Palmetto are just as equally exciting to rave about. From Buzz where you can pick up fresh brewed coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and pastries, to Octagon where classic Carolina cuisine pairs perfectly alongside specialty curated cocktails, wines, and local craft beer, or you can even enjoy some delicious freshly churned ice cream at Melt. The restaurants at Palmetto Bluff aim to please palates of all sorts.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is located approximately 10.9 miles away from the Hilton Head Airport (HHH) and 20 miles from Savannah airport (SAV). Montage Palmetto Bluff offers Airport shuttle service for a fee that can be arranged with the concierge. Valet parking is approx. $30 per car, per night. Self-parking is not available. Parking fees subject to change without notice.

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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
Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton), South Carolina
August 6-9, 2024

Tuesday, August 6

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 Arrythmia I R.Lenhardt
  0830 Arrythmia II R.Lenhardt
  0930 Break
  0945 Introduction to Cardiac Ultrasound C.Jelly
  1045 Ultrasound in Shock States C.Jelly
  1145 Bedside Procedures in the ICU K.Pei
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, August 7

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Trauma Resuscitation K.Pei
  0830 Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy and ROTEM / TEG K.Pei
  0930 Break
  0945 Update in Emergency Airway Management R.Lenhardt
  1045 Acute Stroke: A Review of Modern Guidelines R.Lenhardt
  1145 Introduction to Lung Ultrasound C.Jelly
  1245 Adjourn

Thursday, August 8

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Assessment of LV Systolic Function C.Jelly
  0830 Assessment of RV Systolic Function C.Jelly
  0930 Break
  0945 Nontraditional Vasopressors K.Pei
  1045 Traumatic Brain Injury and ICU Management K.Pei
  1145 Glucose Control in the ICU R.Lenhardt
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, August 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Sedatives in Neurocritical Care R.Lenhardt
  0830 Management of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage R.Lenhardt
  0930 Break
  0945 Continuous Antibiotic Infusions: What Is the Evidence? K.Pei
  1045 Management of VV ECMO for Noncardiac Surgery C.Jelly
  1145 Gastric and Airway Ultrasound C.Jelly
  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. 9/4/23  


Christina Jelly, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Co-Director of POCUS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Rainer Lenhardt, MD, MBA
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Critical Care
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Kevin Y. Pei, MD, MHSEd, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Associate Chief Academic Research Officer
Mirro Center for Research and Innovation
Medical Director, Simulation Center
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Fort Wayne, Indiana

(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 1043910; Expiration Date 08/09/24.

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 June 7, 2024 to July 7, 2024. No refund after July 7, 2024; 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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