Dear colleague,
the management of severe infections is a daily challenge in the intensive care unit and must therefore be a core competence of intensivists. A "hot topic" in the field of infectious diseases is the use of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) to optimize the application of antiinfectives. This approach is highly relevant in critically ill patients and many hospitals are already employing TDM to guide therapy. Additionally, efforts to improve the treatment of infections can be seen in the broader concept of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS).
The A-TEAM-ICU-survey is a aimed at physicians working in intensive care units worldwide. We intend to gain insight into the distribution of TDM and AMS in ICUs and the results of this survey will be used to guide the efforts of ESICM and other societies in these fields to improve the treatment of critically ill patients with infections. We would like to thank you in advance for your participation in this important endeavor.

Hendrik Bracht and Christian Lanckohr for the A-TEAM-ICU study group