Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado's reputation as one of the best alpine resorts in the world is well-earned. With 350,000 acres of national forest and 5,289 skiable acres, Vail welcomes visitors with its small-town feel and abundance of recreational activities.

Hit the trails for hiking, biking, or snowmobiling. Catch breaktaking mountain views aboard the Vail Scenic Gondola. Take a walking food and beverage tour, or shop the village for a new ski set. Nature enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a botanical wonder featuring a wide variety of alpine vegitation, trees, flowers, and succulents.

Grand Hyatt Vail

Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek, Grand Hyatt Vail is the premier destination resort in the heart of Vail. The location features ski-in/ski-out access, elevated dining, entertainment and is conveniently located a short distance from Lionshead and Vail Villages. The hotel features bold, vibrant architecture inspired by its scenic locale and welcoming service, with exclusive amenities.

Enjoy convenient access to Vail Mountain skiing and snowboarding with world-class ski rental, concierge, valet, and a Vail Resorts-operated ticket office just steps away. After a day of adventure, listen to the creek flow by while gazing at forested vistas at the creek-side infinity pool featuring two hot tubs for relaxation. Guests will enjoy access to a 24/7 fitness center, offering free weights, cardio equipment, and more. Additionally, enjoy a workout at the on-site Aria Athletic Club, a 50,000 square foot fitness facility featuring a selection of fitness classes. The Spa at Grand Hyatt Vail, follows in the footsteps of traditional alpine spas, achieving balance by embracing both the natural splendor and healing powers of the surrounding environment. Think steaming Jacuzzis to warm up après-ski, Swedish massages, mountain mud baths and body scrubs infused with botanicals.

When it is time to dine, Grand Hyatt Vail boasts multiple on-site restaurants, including an all-day eatery with ingredients sourced sustainably and locally. Superior Guest Rooms feature 1 king on 2 queen beds (based on availability), flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, laptop-sized safe, iron/board, hair dryer, plush bathrobes and slippers, JBL Bluetooth Docking Station and more.

Grand Hyatt Vail is located approximately 125 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN). The hotel offers valet parking, for a fee of approximately $40 per day. There is no self-parking available at the hotel. Parking fees subject to change without notice.

Important Notice: Vail Ski Resort lift tickets and reservations must be made in advance. Ticket windows will not be open this season. It is recommend that attendees purchase Epic Day Passes, which provides for priority access. For FAQ and details, visit:

As a reminder, Northwest Anesthesia Seminars/Northwest Seminars/Northwest World Wide Travel reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason. NWAS/NWWT/NWWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur (including  but not limited to non-refundable lift tickets or gear rental costs).  We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.

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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
Vail, Colorado
March 15-19, 2021

Monday, March 15

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0655 Introduction NWS Staff  
  0700 NIV and HFNC: Avoiding the Vent E.Gutierrez  
  0800 Vasopressors: Where Do We Stand in 2021? E.Gutierrez  
  0900 Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Resuscitation and Management of Bleeding and Coagulopathic Patients J.Claridge  
  1700 Transfusion Thresholds in the ICU S.Lowson  
  1800 Adjourn
1.2 Pharmacology Hours

Tuesday, March 16

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Fluid Therapy in the ICU S.Lowson  
  0800 Renal Protection After Cardiac Surgery S.Lowson  
  0900 Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Lactate: Can We Do Better? E.Gutierrez  
  1700 Management of Difficult Trauma Cases J.Claridge  
  1800 Adjourn
1.7 Pharmacology Hours

Wednesday, March 17

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Taking Care of the Obese Patient in the ICU J.Claridge  
  0800 Balancing the Appropriate Infection Workup and Keeping Rates Low J.Claridge  
  0900 Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 We Are the Dealers: Non-Opioid Pain Management in the ICU E.Gutierrez  
  1700 Pulmonary Hypertension and Acute RV Failure S.Lowson  
  1800 Adjourn
2 Pharmacology Hours

Thursday, March 18

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 ICU and the Elderly S.Lowson  
  0800 Procalcitonin: Should We Be Measuring It? S.Lowson  
  0900 Break
  1545 Mandatory Sign In
  1600 Best Practice of ICU Design and Flow J.Claridge  
  1700 Nutrition in the Critically Ill E.Gutierrez  
  1800 Adjourn
0.4 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, March 19

  0630 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0700 Airway Management in the ICU S.Lowson  
  0800 Interesting Papers From the Last Year S.Lowson  
  0900 Break
  0915 Cardiogenic Shock: Rise of the Machines E.Gutierrez  
  1015 Using Informatics and Systems to Improve Patient Care J.Claridge  
  1115 Adjourn
0.9 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

6.2 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 1/26/21


Jeffrey Claridge, MD
Professor of Surgery and Critical care
MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Eddy Gutierrez, MD
Critical Care Specialist
Baptist Medical Center
Jacksonville, Florida

Stuart Lowson, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Director, Surgical Critical Care
University of Virginia health System
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: CME credit will be sent directly to The American Board of Anesthesiology to fulfill the Part 2 requirement for the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®).

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 Anesthetists for 20 Class A CE; Code Number 1039028; Expiration Date 3/19/2021.

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: NWS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number 4833), 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). This program offers 20 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark Murphy, MD, MSN Education, Treasure Island, Florida and 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 30 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. 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, 2020 to July 7, 2020. No refund after July 7, 2020; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWS including net hotel and tuition booked through NWS (but not air). Once you have enough points to cover a full tuition they can be redeemed for tuition (no cash value). A great program to reward you for supporting NWS!

Lecture notes will be provided via download in PDF format.

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.

We have a block of rooms for seminar participants. Once this block is sold, rooms are based upon availability only and may be at a higher rate. Rooms are available only through us 1 (800) 222-6927.

Travel at your own risk.

Airfare available through Going Places. Be sure to mention Northwest Seminars when booking. Contact Kellee Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - Email:


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.