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2019 Fall Meeting Pharmacology & Patient Safety

October 04, 2019 6:00 PM to October 05, 2019 7:00 PM

The Stanley Hotel
333 E. Wonderview Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
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AANA Prior-approved for 9.00 Class A CE Credits Code #1037038

AANA Prior Approved for 

The mission of The Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists advances CRNA professional development, anesthesia excellence, and the nurse anesthesia profession.

Enjoy rustic Colorado, with close proximity to mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, and sightseeing. Bring the family, meet with friends, network with Colorado CRNA's!

Download the printable program here!


FRIDAY 10/4/2019:

6:00 pm: Journal Club 1 Pharmacology Credit
Please see linked articles for Journal Club here: 
Intraoperative Methadone Improves Postoperative Pain Control in Patients Undergoing Complex Spine Surgery and Clinical Effectiveness
Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of Intraoperative Methadone in Patients Undergoing Posterior Spinal Fusion Surgery

Please note the time changes below, we will be meeting earlier for breakfast at 6:30 AM and begin talks at 7:00 AM.

SATURDAY 10/5/2019:


Sunrise Wellness Walk


Colorado Breakfast


CPC Prep Pharmacology 1*


CPC Prep Pharmacology 2*


Break with the Exhibitors 


CPC Prep Pharmacology 3*


Top APSF Patient Safety Priorities 2020


Lunch with Vendors


Business Meeting


CPC Prep Pharmacology 4*


Studying the Aftermath of Perioperative Catastrophe


Break with Exhibitors



Distractions in the Anesthetic Work Environment

Happy Hour Reception (1 cr. Trivia Review)


SUNDAY 10/6/2019: Board Meeting

0800-0900     Board Meeting (Closed)
0900-1000     Board Meeting (Open to Membership)

What You'll Learn

Hot topics you don't want to miss!
Learn essentials for your practice from recognized CRNA experts! Review, ask questions and stay up to date on pharmacologic advancements and applications valuable for recertification, CPC modules and 8-year Assessment.

International speakers:

Maria Van Pelt, PhD, CRNA, graduated from the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nuse Anesthesia in 1998 an received her master's degree in anesthesia from St. Joesph's, and her PhD in Nursing from Villanova University in 2015. She is the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Van Pelt is a member of the AANA Practice Committee. She is the Massachusetts State Peer Advisor and AANA Foundation Advocate for Massachusetts. Dr. Van Pelt serves on the APSF Executive Committee and APSF Board of Directors an is the Chair for the APSF Committee for Education and Training.

LTC Peter Donald Strube DNAP, CRNA, MSNA, ARNP, MBA Associate Professor Saint Mary's University, Assistant Professor Rosalind Franklin University, Associate Academic Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Peter is a mentor for doctoral students, reviewer for professional journals including AANA, clinical researcher and international speaker and author.


The Stanley Hotel hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, serving as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his 1977 bestseller the Shining, and its 1980 film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson. Our reservations include "run of house" meaning you choose from the Stanley Grand Heritage Hotel, the Lodge, or Aespire Residence. Take note: Spirit Rooms sell out up to a year in advance.  Complimentary parking and free wireless internet for lodging and meeting area. Bring the family and enjoy the fall color and many activities the area has to offer. Estes Park Activities. Sign up for Ghost Tours at Stanley Hotel Ghost Tours. Note that children under 12 are not permitted on the night tours! 


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Reservations Department 970-577-4040 - Option1 - through 8:00am-8:00pm Mountain Standard Time

How to get to the Stanley Hotel

Situated about 90 miles northwest of Denver and Denver International Airport, at 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Majestic views span in every direction along with the majestic scenes you expect from a Colorado mountain town-gold-medal fishing rivers, iconic peaks, fertile valleys dotted with wildlife-plus one unexpected treasure, a national park. There are no regular shuttles from the airport to Estes Park. If coming from near sea level, consider high altitude precautions (below).

How to get high: a guide to staying well at high altitude

First, rest 

If you’ll be flying or driving to altitude, first, rest. Spend two or three days doing little and drinking plenty (4-6 liters per day). Dehydration worsens altitude problems: so does drinking alcohol.

Keep Eating

You may lose your appetite when first at altitude, but it's important to keep eating. High up in the alpine cold, you burn more calories even at rest: eat plenty of high-carb, slow-burning energy foods.


Above 9000 feet, if the geography allows, don’t ascend more than 300m a day. If you do, plan to sleep no more than 300m higher than you did the previous night until you are well acclimatized. Acclimatization takes 1-3 days for any given altitude.

Tough days, rough nights

Nights may be tough at first. Breathing rate slows when you sleep and you may wake frequently feeling out of air. Sleeping half-sitting may help.

Know the danger signs

It’s normal to have some headaches when you’re first above 8000 feet. Rest, drink and medicate as you would at sea level. Breathlessness is normal on exertion at altitude – but above 9000 feet, watch for breathlessness when resting; a cough; a severe, persistent headache; nausea; loss of coordination or disorientation - all are signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). This potentially fatal condition demands rapid descent. The pharmaceutical route: Acetazolamide (Diamox) begun before ascent helps acclimatization.


$225.00 Member Ticket - Fall Meeting 2019
$275.00 after 12:00 am September 5

$275.00 Non-Member Ticket - Fall Meeting 2019
$325.00 after 12:00 am September 5

$125.00 Student Ticket - Fall Meeting 2019

$125.00 Fall Meeting 2019 Sponsor a Student

$175.00 Add all 4 AANA Modules