Dr Catherine Purdy was nominated by Dr John McGann for her talk Substance Abuse in Anaesthesia, General problem and incidence in anaesthesia.
Dr Purdy is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Counties Manukau Hospital in Auckland. Since her training she has had an interest in welfare for anaesthetists for which she was awarded the Ray Hader Award in 2013. She has continued her work in welfare as a member of the Welfare of Anaesthetist SIG executive since 2012.
This talk, originally presented at the 2016 ASM in Auckland, briefly looks at the history and incidence of drug abuse in Anaesthetists. This presentation serves as an overview of the problem of substance abuse in anaesthesia looking at its incidence, our risk factors, the changing profile of abuse and the inherent difficulties in the diagnosis of prevention of substance use disorder.