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This annual Las Vegas Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Conference has become the best attended such course in the world, being oversubscribed the last 15 years.  In 2020, the COVID pandemic ultimately caused us to cancel, and in 2021, we were the first large “live and in person” conference to successfully and safely meet.  Nevada COVID guidelines limited our audience to 500 attendees, all eagerly seeking to learn and renew acquaintances with colleagues.  We now look forward to 2022 and are set to resume record breaking meetings!  Attendance, as in the past, is limited to 1200, with, historically, over 80% being physicians.  Our faculty are physicians in active practice who continue “in the trenches” day after day, night after night, dealing with the most complex surgical challenges.   Each year, new “rising stars” join seasoned expert faculty.  As you visit the Scientific Program section of our site, you will be impressed that such a stellar faculty has been assembled and how so much practical surgical information has been incorporated into two and one-half days.  Past attendees have aptly described the conference content as an, “Incredible journey in surgical knowledge, with “tour guides” whose expertise and personalities make every excursion a uniquely exceptional experience,” “Amazingly wonderful, fast paced experience – like drinking water from a fire hose; it blew me away!” No other course like this in the world; can’t wait to return next year.”

As we enter our 55th record-breaking year, it is appropriate that the continued focus be TRAUMA, CRITICAL CARE, & ACUTE CARE SURGERY.  For every community, there continues to be a need for surgical and medical teams to evaluate and treat the sickest of the sick and the severely injured.  With many graduates going into practices based primarily in minimally invasive surgical subspecialties, it is appropriate that this course take a leadership role in providing a continuing education venue for the complex operative and critical care surgical challenges, with major trauma continuing to be the epitome of such challenges.

Along those lines, we are excited to introduce “Vegas On Demand 2022.” After the conference has concluded, it will be available online for purchase.   Information on registration and obtaining CME for Vegas On Demand 2022 will be posted in the On Demand section of the web site soon.


The program offers comprehensive continuing education in the treatment of critically ill and injured patients, stressing current basic and cutting edge guidelines and technology for evaluation, diagnosis, and management.  The course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those caring for ill and injured patients in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals.


1) Describe innovative, appropriate techniques and technology for optimal care of the injured or seriously ill patient in urban and rural environments, 2) Apply concepts from urban and rural trauma and acute care surgery cases to the practice setting, 3) Describe practical exposure techniques and guidelines for management and early control of injuries and acute surgical conditions, 4) Identify the dilemmas, ethics, and solutions relative to managing critically ill and injured patients, 5) Discuss care issues particular to the surgical intensive care unit, including nutrition, antibiotics, monitoring, sedation, delirium, postoperative ambulation, ventilators, and low value practices; 6) Address issues relative to trauma and acute care surgery evolution, including managing TBI, rib fractures, appendicitis, DVT prophylaxis, abdominal wall reconstruction, resuscitation, ultrasound, and pelvic fractures; 7) Discuss how to manage complications relative to geriatric trauma, surgical delays, tourniquets, operative approaches, and imaging; 8) Discuss evolving nonclinical issues, including peer review, ransomware attacks on hospitals, military and civilian collaborations, futility in trauma patients, and mitigating deficiencies in surgical education; 9) Discuss optimal treatment of vascular injuries, colorectal cancer emergencies, the hostile abdomen, pregnant patient emergencies, hernias, and esophageal injuries.

Didactic lecture, panel discussions, audiovisual aids, and course syllabus.

The course is designed primarily for trauma surgeons working in Level I-IV trauma centers.  in addition, general surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, trauma coordinators, surgical residents, thoracic surgeons, trauma nurses, PAs, and NPs administrators, and EMS coordinators will benefit from this course.


CME credit has been applied for.  Please visit the ACCREDITATION PAGE of the site for accreditation designation.
For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 creditstm issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Self-Assessment (SA)
In response to your request, we have added this important adjunct to the conference.  This meeting will contain a self-assessment component.

Attire for the meeting is business casual. Every effort will be made to provide a comfortable learning environment; however, meeting room temperatures are variable and may be difficult to control. The temperature is occasionally cool in the meeting rooms; therefore, a jacket or sweater is recommended.

All registrants will be provided a name badge for use during the meeting. For security purposes, name badges are required at all times in the convention area. Individuals without a badge will not be permitted into the course rooms or exhibit hall. Lost badges will be replaced for a $20 fee.

For Vegas show information/reservations as well as information on surrounding attractions, visit the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority web site,  Their call center number is: , 1-877-VISITLV (847-4858).

As the meeting dates draw closer, more show information will be available on this site. Also, check our conference website for late breaking show information.


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