Survey on antimicrobial resistance in intensive care units currently open

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Antibiotic resistance is a threat to public health. It compromises the treatment of infected patients, in particular that of the most severely ill patients. Increasingly, intensive care physicians in Europe are confronted with infections caused by bacteria for which limited or no adequate treatment options are available.

To obtain updated information on the perceptions and experience of European intensive care physicians who manage patients infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) are currently conducting a survey entitled “Antimicrobial Resistance in Intensive Care Units - a survey in Europe” (ARISE).

ECDC and ESICM encourage physicians working in intensive care units in Europe to take part in the survey through the ESICM website. The survey is anonymous and includes 20 questions that can be answered in about 10 minutes. The survey is open for participation until 10 July 2017.

The results of this survey will provide a European-wide understanding on how antimicrobial resistance affects the daily work of intensive care physicians and compromises the treatment of patients under their care.