Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to Vegas! A land of grandiose hotels, casino gaming, excitement, and luxury. Comedy and music legends, six resident Cirque du Soleil productions, classic Las Vegas show girl revues, and more are here for your pleasure. From elaborately themed clubs to the new wave of upscale “ultra lounges,” you can experience a variety of night spots. Las Vegas has also become one of the premium world-class shopping destinations in the country with specialty stores sporting Prada, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, and so much more.

Magicians, acrobats, comedians, and music headliners—Vegas has every entertainment you can imagine. Shop your way up and down the Strip with outlet malls, chain retailers, luxury shops, and wacky novelties galore. Top off your night with dancing and drinks at one of several popular nightclubs along the Strip. Beyond Vegas’ glittering lights are natural sights waiting to be explored. Take a day trip to Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, and many other desert spectacles.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Looking for Luxury on the Las Vegas Strip? Then look no further than the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. This non-gaming, non-smoking hotel offers guests a relaxing reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Strip. Here, guests will find extraordinary experiences - from the award winning spa, fitness center with yoga and pilates studio,  to exquisite dining with stunning views and inventive cocktails at the Hotel Bar. Don't miss the fresh, seasonal American cuisine at the Zen Kitchen, or experience a classic English Afternoon Tea in the stylish Tea Lounge on the 23rd floor. Retreat to the eighth-floor pool deck and enjoy refreshments at the Pool Cafe or a cool drink from the pool bar. When you are ready to get back into the action, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas' convenient location near the entrance to ARIA Resort & Casino and The Shops at Crystals provides guests unfettered access to the best of the Strip's dining, shopping, gaming and entertainment.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas City View rooms are approximately 500 square feet and feature 1 king or 2 double beds (based on hotel availability), floor-to-ceiling windows, spa-like bathroom with large soaking tub and stand-alone shower, walk in wardrobe and valet closet. Other amenities include include mini bar, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron/board, robes/slippers, and much more.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is located approximately 3 miles from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), formerly known as McCarran Airport. Valet parking is approximately $35 a day with in/out privileges. 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
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 2-5, 2024

Monday, September 2

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0925 Welcome NWS Staff
  0930 Recognition and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure R.Balk
  1030 Definition and Management Strategies for ARDS R.Balk
  1130 Break
  1145 Ventilator Waveforms A.Vinayak
  1245 Lung Ultrasound A.Vinayak
  1345 Airway Management in the ICU A.Rigamonti
  1445 Adjourn

Tuesday, September 3

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0930 Stroke Management in the ICU A.Rigamonti
  1030 Hyperosmolar Therapy in ICU A.Rigamonti
  1130 Break
  1145 Diagnosis and Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock R.Balk
  1245 Diagnosis and Treatment of Hospital-Acquired and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia R.Balk
  1345 Status Asthmaticus A.Vinayak
  1445 Adjourn

Wednesday, September 4

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0930 Acute Right Heart Syndromes: The Problem With the Forgotten Ventricle A.Vinayak
  1030 Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring A.Vinayak
  1130 Break
  1145 Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: What's New and Not So New? A.Rigamonti
  1245 Traumatic Brain Injury: Is a Protocolized Approach the Answer? A.Rigamonti
  1345 Preventing Complications in the Critically Ill Patient R.Balk
  1445 Adjourn

Thursday, September 5

  0900 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
  0930 Choice of Sedation in Neurointensive Care A.Rigamonti
  1030 Recognition and Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia R.Balk
  1130 Break
  1145 Pulmonary Embolism R.Balk
  1245 Lactate as a Dead-End A.Vinayak
  1345 Endocrine Emergencies A.Vinayak
  1445 Adjourn  

20 CME

20 CE

4.4 Pharmacology Hours†

  Refreshments served at the meeting are for registered attendees only.  
Rev. 2/24/24



Robert A. Balk, MD, MACP, MCCM, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Director Critical Care Fellowship Training Program
Director Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program
Associate Chief Medical Officer for Critical Care
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

Andrea Rigamonti, MD, FNCS
Associate Professor
Medical Director, Trauma-Neuro ICU
Director, NeuroAnaesthesia Fellowship Program
Department of Anaesthesia
Department of Critical Care Medicine
St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ajeet G. Vinayak, MD
Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit
MedStar Georgetown University
Associate Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University
Department of Medicine
Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Washington, District of Columbia

(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 1043449; Expiration Date 09/05/2024.

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 July 4, 2024 to August 3, 2024. No refund after August 3, 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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