Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is situated in a unique geological area that has mesmerized tourists for decades. Some people visit Sedona for breathtaking beauty that fills the senses and feeds the soul. Some visit for the delightfully eclectic shops and galleries. Many visit to savor the flavors and scents of the many restaurant choices available. There is no shortage of spectacular sights and exhilarating activities available.

Check out memorable outdoor adventures like Hummer or Jeep tours, hiking ruins, hot-air ballooning, trail rides, mountain biking, guided tours, championship golf, or just relaxing at a luxurious day spa. Whether you’re in the mood to dine on spicy Southwestern cuisine, cowboy grub, upscale steaks and seafood, authentic international fare, even family-friendly favorites, Sedona’s restaurants have it.

You will find incredible shopping: clothing, antiques, furniture, collectibles, gifts, and more at one-of-a-kind boutiques and gift shops. Start your shopping excursion in Uptown Sedona, a unique and popular shopping district with an eclectic collection of shops - it’s souvenir central. Sedona is truly an adventure for all.

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock is located in Northern Arizona, and is Sedona’s closest resort to the Valley of the Sun. A magical location, stunning landscape and a rich history, Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in the red rock country.  With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the resort features the Sedona Athletic Club and full service eforea spa, outdoor Warrior Pit fitness facility, Championship Gary Panks designed golf course, mountain bike repair and cleaning station, self serve laundry facility, and much more. Enjoy two sparkling outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, and a variety of poolside amenities and offerings for guests of all ages. The 25,000 sq.ft. Sedona Athletic Club is complete with lighted tennis courts, fitness room, HIIT Pit, motion studio, 25-meter outdoor lap pool, steam, and sauna. For those looking for a real challenge, the Outdoor Warrior Pit is equipped with tires, ropes, sledgehammers and anchors. The Pit serves as a cross training facility where resort guests can exercise at their leisure or attend one of the weekly classes led by a seasoned instructor.

At Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, dining options are designed with you in mind. Shadowrock Tap + Table is the resort’s celebrated social hub. Designed to bring the outdoors in, the vibrant indoor/outdoor restaurant offers a wealth of amenities including the Porch - a large outdoor garden with fire pits, water features, games and scenic seating. Just need a small bite and a drink? The ShadowRock's rectangular 27-seat bar is home to many fun experiences including 16 television screens where you can catch a game, live music, and more. Don't want to leave the pool? Al fresco dining doesn’t get better than this with poolside dining on the fireside patio where you can soak up the magical ambiance of Red Rock Country.

One bedroom suites offer 1 King or 2 Queen beds (based on hotel availability), plus sofa sleeper, gas fireplace, patio or balcony, two HDTVs, small refrigerator, microwave, wet bar coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/board, and high speed Internet access.

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock is located approximately 113 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and 47 miles from Flagstaff Pulliam Regional Airport (FLG).

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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
Sedona, Arizona
May 9-12, 2023

Tuesday, May 9

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff
  0730 ARDS: Current Concepts C.Sessler
  0830 Patient-Mechanical Ventilator Interactions: Learning From Ventilator Graphics C.Sessler
  0930 Break
  0945 Veno-Venous ECMO: Physiology and Troubleshooting S.Galvagno
  1045 Prevention of Peri-Intubation Death: "Perfusion Protective" Ventilation S.Galvagno
  1145 Common Procedures in the ICU: Tracheostomy, PEG, Bedside Debridement R.Sawyer
  1245 Adjourn

Wednesday, May 10

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Initial Management of the Multi-Trauma Patient R.Sawyer
  0830 What to Do If Someone Is Bleeding Really, Really Fast R.Sawyer
  0930 Break
  0945 Septic Shock: Concepts and Controversies C.Sessler
  1045 Sedation and Analgesia in the ICU: Comfort Without Coma C.Sessler
  1145 Use of Viscoelastic Monitoring for Trauma Resuscitation S.Galvagno
  1245 Adjourn

Thursday, May 11

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Difficult Airway Assessment and Management in the ICU S.Galvagno
  0830 Aeromedical Evaluation: Evaluation of the Evidence Base and Review of Appropriate Use S.Galvagno
  0930 Break
  0945 Necrotizing Pancreatitis: When To, and Not To, Operate R.Sawyer
  1045 Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Mitigating Burnout in the ICU C.Sessler
  1145 Overview of Acid-Base Disturbances C.Sessler
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, May 12

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Ventilator and Airway Complications: A Case-Based Approach C.Sessler
  0830 Critical Care Management for Drowning S.Galvagno
  0930 Break
  0945 End Points of Resuscitation in Shock S.Galvagno
  1045 Necrotizing Fasciitis S.Galvagno
  1145 Severe C. Difficile Disease: When and How to Operate R.Sawyer
  1245 Adjourn  



20 CME

20 Class A CE

4 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 4/10/23


Sam Galvagno, DO, PhD, MS, FCCM
Colonel, USAF, MC, SFS
Professor (Tenured)
Executive Vice Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
The University of Maryland School of Medicine
State Medical Director, Critical Care Coordination Center (C4)
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
IMA to the Director
Reserve Medical Directorate
Headquarters, United States Air Force
Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia

Robert G. Sawyer, MD, FACS, FIDSA, FCCM
Professor of Surgery and Medical Engineering
Chair, Department of Surgery
Western Michigan University
Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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
Past President, American College of Chest Physicians

(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 1041908; Expiration Date 05/12/2023.

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 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.


No penalty if canceled by March 9, 2023. Cancellations between March 10, 2023, and April 9, 2023, incur a $100 fee. Cancellations after April 9, 2023, 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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