November 18, 2022

ESICM continues its support of this initiative

Antimicrobial Awareness Week, 18-24 November


The annual WHO World Antimicrobial Awareness Week is focused on tackling the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. Overuse and misuse of antimicrobials increase drug resistance, posing difficulties in treating infections and leading to worse outcomes. Healthcare professionals in Intensive Care Units (ICU), where the prevalence of infections is high, are often under pressure to select the optimal treatment.

For years, ESICM has been advocating to make this issue more visible, by joining several European and global initiatives, leading trials producing guidelines and offering courses and other multimedia resources, as set out below.

We invite you to browse our website for more information and to join us in preventing antimicrobial resistance together!


  • We recently launched the WebApp AIRSPACE, a practical guide to antimicrobial stewardship, for use at the bedside by intensivists wherever they work.
  • We offer a free learning pathway on Quality Improvement in Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Regularly organising webinars and courses on infections, including antimicrobial resistance
  • Published several guidelines and contributed to the development of joint guidelines on the topic. Endorsed various surveys, trials and studies on the subject. Learn more.


  • Since 2002, co-leading the Surviving Sepsis Campaign with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Supporting the European Antibiotic Awareness Day
  • Part of the ANTARCTICA (ANTimicrobiAl Resistance CriTIcal Care) coalition with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR)
  • Part of the AMR Stakeholder Network of the MEP Interest Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, coordinated by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  • Collaborating with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in the field of infection control, notably through the Hospitals in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance network (HELICS) and the Antimicrobial Resistance in Intensive Care Units – a survey in Europe (ARISE)
  • ESICM has developed a theoretical and practical training course to improve knowledge of sepsis and global infections: Sepsis Prevention and Management Course in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

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