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).

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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
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
July 21-24, 2022

Thursday, July 21

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0725 Welcome NWS Staff  
  0730 Management of Moderate to Severe ARDS M.Semler  
  0830 Noninvasive Respiratory Support for Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure M.Semler  
  0930 Break
  0945 Management of Severe Head Trauma T.Bleck  
  1045 Neurogenic Respiratory Failure T.Bleck  
  1145 Guidelines, Bundles and Metrics in Sepsis: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going? H.Bailey  
  1245 Adjourn
1.3 Pharmacology Hours

Friday, July 22

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Overcoming Barriers to Implementing Choosing Wisely Recommendations in the ED and ICU H.Bailey  
  0830 Pick Your Syndrome: PICS or PIICS H.Bailey  
  0930 Break
  0945 Fluid Therapy for Septic Shock in 2022 M.Semler  
  1045 Under Pressure: Update on Vasopressors and Steroids for Septic Shock M.Semler  
  1145 How Critical Illness Affects the Brain and Vice Versa T.Bleck  
  1245 Adjourn
1.4 Pharmacology Hours

Saturday, July 23

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Critical Care of the Patient With Acute Subarachnoid Hemorrhage T.Bleck  
  0830 Acute Stroke Intervention T.Bleck  
  0930 Break
  0945 Defining the Boundaries of Patient and Family-Centered Care in the ICU H.Bailey  
  1045 Effective Strategies to Mitigate Burnout Syndrome in the ICU H.Bailey  
  1145 Blood, Plasma, and Platelets, Oh My! Transfusion in the ICU M.Semler  
  1245 Adjourn
1 Pharmacology Hours

Sunday, July 24

  0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0730 Offloading the ICU: The Role of the ED ICU and Why You Want One H.Bailey  
  0830 ICU Implications for the Management of Unusual Intoxicants and Poisons H.Bailey  
  0930 Break
  0945 Seizures and Status Epilepticus T.Bleck  
  1045 Coma and Brain Death T.Bleck  
  1145 Balanced Crystalloids vs. Saline: Transforming the ICU Into a Learning Healthcare System M.Semler  
  1245 Adjourn
2.3 Pharmacology Hours

20 CME

20 Class A CE

20 CE

6 Pharmacology Hours†

Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.
Rev. 4/15/21


Heatherlee Bailey, MD, FAAEM, FCCM
Past President, Society of Critical Care Medicine
Faculty - Department of Emergency Medicine
Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina

Tom 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
Founding Past President, Neurocritical Care Society
Associate Editor, Critical Care Medicine

Matthew Semler, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University of Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee


Stuart Lowson, BSc, MBBs, MRCP, FRCA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Co-Director Surgical Trauma ICU
University of Virginia
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: 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 1041124; Expiration Date 07/24/22.

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 May 22, 2022 to June 21, 2022. No refund after June 21, 2022; 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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