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Overview / Abstract:

This course is designed for physicians, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, registered nurses and other medical care providers who must maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of not only the specialty but also of all additional, related disciplines which may impact it.

Presentations are designed to facilitate the physician, nurse specialist, and other providers 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:

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, the 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

Provide assistance with and support of other service providers, departments, institutions, and organizations dependent upon the professional expertise of the practitioner

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

Apply the pertinent physical and behavioral sciences - to include but not be limited to advanced anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and social sciences - as they impact and are affected by the planning, delivery, and monitoring of anesthesia and related services inherent in the anesthesia professions.

Explain the selection, dosing considerations with methods of administration, safe use, and contraindications and precautions of presented pharmacological agents through the understanding of their physico-chemical properties, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, updated uses, and more recently developed additional, related, and similar drugs.

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 anesthetic procedures and administrations, equipment use, and other applications encountered during the provision of anesthesia and analgesia whether in the surgical unit, the labor and delivery suite, the pain management clinic, or other more remote location of anesthetizing services.

Incorporate the appropriate recommendations and/or requirements of pertinent external organizations, institutions, and professional groups - recognized as serving as the authority for and/or holding the responsibility to compile and approve such tenets - in the provision of anesthesia and related services, whether medical, legal, philosophical, ethical, or health care management standards.

Apply the new techniques in the clinical setting of the participant.

Monday, April 9 – Pre-Conference Comprehensive EKG Workshop*
Tuesday, April 10
0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0725 Welcome NWAS Staff
0730 Preoperative Testing: When Should You Order HCG, BNP, Troponin, INR, or HbA1c? R.Roy
0830 Chronic Medications: Continue or Discontinue Preoperatively? R.Roy
0930 Break
0945 Update in Trauma Resuscitation I R.Sikorski
1045 Update in Trauma Resuscitation II R.Sikorski
1145 Management of the Patient With Bronchospasm and Reactive Airway Disease J.Szalados
1245 Adjourn
Wednesday, April 11
0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0730 Pulmonary Edema in the PACU: Diagnosis and Management J.Szalados
0830 Perioperative Glucose Management: What Is the Best Evidence? J.Szalados
0930 Break
0945 Anesthesia Administration: Ten Current Controversies R.Roy
1045 Perioperative Catastrophe: One, Two, or Three Victims R.Roy
1145 Recognition and Management of the Trauma Airway R.Sikorski
1245 Adjourn
1330 *Optional ACLS
Thursday, April 12
0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0730 Postoperative Analgesia: Intraoperative Drug Administration to Reduce Postoperative Analgesic Requirements R.Roy
0830 Postoperative Respiratory Arrest: How to Avoid R.Roy
0930 Break
0945 Coagulation Monitoring: Are We Behind the Times? R.Sikorski
1045 Cardiac Risk Stratification for the Anesthesia Care Provider R.Sikorski
1145 Four Legal Developments of This Year You Must Know About J.Szalados
1245 Adjourn
1330 *Optional PALS

Friday, April 13
0700 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0730 Fluid Management in the Critically Ill Trauma Patient I R.Sikorski
0830 Fluid Management in the Critically Ill Trauma Patient II R.Sikorski
0930 Break
0945 Why Do Patients Sue Their Anesthesia Provider? J.Szalados
1045 Electronic Distraction in the OR: Legal Implications J.Szalados
1145 Medical Malpractice: What It Is and What Strategies Minimize My Exposure J.Szalados
1245 Adjourn
20 CME I / 20 CEC / Pharmacology Hours TBD†


Apr 03, 2018


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME, Surgical Technology CE


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Raymond Clyde Roy, PhD, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Robert A. Sikorski, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Trauma Anesthesia
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

James Emery Szalados, MD, JD, MBA,
The Szalados Law Firm
Principal, Attorney and Counselor at Law
Director, Surgical Critical Care
Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (with admitting privileges)
Director, Neurocritica Care Unit (with admitting privileges)
Director, Telemedicine Critical Care Medicine Outreach Program
ViaHealth System at Rochester General Hospital
Rochester, New York

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LIVE Activity Location Details

04-10-2018 - 04-13-2018

Las Vegas, Nevada: The Westin Las Vegas
160 E Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV   89109
United States of America

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