Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Cradled amid skyscraping mountains and sparkling ocean, scenic Vancouver is a modern, cosmopolitan city that blends culture and landscape. With so much to experience in Vancouver, you will be well-entertained.
Galleries and public exhibits for art enthusiasts, historical sites and districts for history buffs, and scenic hiking trails and botanical gardens for nature lovers are just a small sampling of the city’s diverse attractions. The seawall that borders Vancouver’s coastline is the most popular recreational spot in the city. Stretching 13.7 miles from Coal Harbour to Kitsilano Beach, it wraps around Stanley Park along the way. Here, you’ll find the Vancouver Aquarium, home to more than 70,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon – the daily beluga whale, dolphin, and sea otter shows are a must-see!

Take some time to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Robson is Vancouver’s leading shopping and strolling thoroughfare – where high-fashion boutiques intermix with music stores, beauty shops, and bookstores. Recharge at a coffee shop or enjoy a more leisurely stop at one of the restaurants or bars. Cutting right through downtown is Vancouver’s main entertainment district, featuring bustling shops during the day and happening clubs and bars at night. Head to the Pacific Centre Mall or to the youthful shops dotting the blocks between Robson and Drake streets for the latest fashions, music and comic books.

In Gastown, glimpses of Vancouver’s origins are preserved in the Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets of this once-bawdy frontier post. Today, it’s an official historic area with antique streetlamps, shops and bars, and the famous two-tonne Gastown Steam Clock. For night owls, the late-night scene in Vancouver is a thriving mix of lounges, laid-back pubs and energetic music venues. Finish up your trip with a harbor tour for unparalleled views of Vancouver; it’s a delightful way to experience the city – by day or night.

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

Enjoy this waterfront hotel with beautifully designed accommodations and first-class service. Outside the hotel, exciting attractions abound from Stanley Park to Robson Street shopping. Maintain your exercise routine with a workout in the fitness center, or a swim in the indoor lap pool, then treat yourself to a delicious meal at Showcase. Settle in to your spacious room and enjoy amenities like pillowtop mattresses, spa products in the bathroom, flat-screen TV, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, safe, iron/board, alarm clock, and more. The hotel is located approximately 9.3 miles from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Email us at or call us (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065


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
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September 17-20, 2020

Thursday, September 17

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 ARDS Update A.Vinayak  
  0830 Management of PE: When to Lyse A.Vinayak  
  0930 Break
  0945 Hypothermia in Trauma / Critical Care R.Adams  
  1045 Special Considerations in Care of the Postpartum ICU Patient R.Adams  
  1145 CRRT: The Basics D.Funk  
  1245 Adjourn

Friday, September 18

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Update on Sepsis Management D.Funk  
  0830 What's New in Fluid Therapy? D.Funk  
  0930 Break
  0945 Status Asthmaticus A.Vinayak  
  1045 Acute Right Heart Syndromes: The Problem With the Forgotten Ventricle A.Vinayak  
  1145 REBOA: Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta R.Adams  
  1245 Adjourn

Saturday, September 19

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Initial Management of the Multi Trauma Patient R.Adams  
  0830 Creating a New Intensive Care Unit R.Adams  
  0930 Break
  0945 Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring A.Vinayak  
  1045 Ventilator Waveforms A.Vinayak  
  1145 Pharmacokinetics of Antibiotics in the ICU D.Funk  
  1245 Adjourn

Sunday, September 20

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Update on Sedation and Delirium A.Vinayak  
  0830 Lung Ultrasound A.Vinayak  
  0930 Break
  0945 Splenic Injuries R.Adams  
  1045 Trauma Bay Organization R.Adams  
  1145 Lactic Acidosis D.Funk  
  1245 Adjourn

20 CME

20 CEC

Pharmacology Hours TBD†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 1/23/20


Raeanna Adams, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Fellowship Director, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery
Associate Medical Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Vice Chair, Finance and Operation Strategy, Section of Surgical Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Duane J. Funk, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor
Departments of Anesthesia and Medicine
College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Ajeet Vinayak, MD
Director of Medical Intensive Care
MedStar Health
Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia


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 Anesthesia 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 I 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 is designed to meet requirements for Class A CE credit. Once approved by AANA, this will be indicated.

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 I 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 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 T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida and Medical Director, Northwest Anesthesia 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 January 24, 2019 to February 23, 2019. No refund after February 23, 2019; 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 Universal Travel. 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.