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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, June 4
0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0755 Welcome NWAS Staff
0800 Clinical Pharmacology Review W.Wilson
0900 Electrolyte Disorders W.Wilson
1000 Break
1015 Anesthesia for Trauma: Part I S.Barker
1115 Anesthesia for Trauma: Part II S.Barker
1215 Regional Anesthesia for the Trauma Patient J.Ortiz
1315 Adjourn
Tuesday, June 5
0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0800 Ultrasound-Guided Truncal Blocks and Neuraxial Techniques J.Ortiz
0900 Anesthetic Implications of Musculoskeletal and CNS Diseases J.Ortiz
1000 Break
1015 Practical Review of Hemodynamic Medications W.Wilson
1115 Blood Pressure Management and CNS Outcomes W.Wilson
1215 Flying the Anesthesia Machine: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It? S.Barker
1315 Adjourn
Wednesday, June 6 - Day Open
Thursday, June 7
0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0800 New Developments in Oxygen Transport and Monitoring S.Barker
0900 Capnography: What Good Is It? S.Barker
1000 Break
1015 Complications of Regional Anesthesia J.Ortiz
1115 Multimodal Analgesia: Management of Acute Pain in a Patient With Chronic Pain J.Ortiz
1215 Infectious Disease and Anesthesia W.Wilson
1315 Adjourn

Friday, June 8
0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign In - Continental Breakfast
0800 Regional Anesthesia in the Febrile Patient With an Abnormal INR J.Ortiz
0900 Anesthesia for the Elderly S.Barker
1000 Break
1015 How Has Technology Affected Outcomes in Anesthesia? S.Barker
1115 Anesthesia for Burns W.Wilson
1215 Treatment of Pain Agitation and Delirium in the ICU W.Wilson
1315 Adjourn

20 CME I
20 CEC
Pharmacology Hours TBD†


May 28, 2018


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


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Steven J. Barker, PhD, MD
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

Jaime Ortiz, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Regional Anesthesia
Co-Director of Acute Pain Management Service
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

William C. Wilson, MD, MA
Director of Critical Care Services
Clinical Professor, Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Surgery
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Irvine, California

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LIVE Activity Location Details

06-04-2018 - 06-08-2018

Yosemite National Park, California: Tenaya Lodge
1122 CA-41
Fish Camp, CA   93623
United States of America

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