Surveys are an indispensable tool for assessing the impact of clinical research on patients and medical professionals alike. ESICM endorsement is a guarantee  of quality survey design and rigorous methodology. Do you have a survey you would like ESICM to endorse?

For researchers seeking ESICM survey endorsement or co-endorsement, please prepare the following documents for submission:

  1. Tools and questionnaires for applicants
  2. ESICM Application form

You can find out the assessment criteria by downloading the Assessment tool for ESICM Assessors 

Fill in the application form and forward it here with your questionnaire.

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The Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Blood Purification Therapy Survey is an initiative of the ESICM AKI Section. The primary objective is to determine differences in AKI management practice across ICU. The secondary objective include description on (1) demographics of units (2) AKI incidence, recognition, work force burden, (3) RRT implementation and resourcing.

Steering Committee members:
Silvia De Rosa, Bairbre McNicholas, Antoine Schneider, John Prowle

Contact: Silvia De Rosa, Centre for Medical Sciences – CISMed, University of Trento, Via S. Maria Maddalena 1, 38122 Trento, Italy
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We call on all ICUs. We are specifically targeting ICU directors for each unit that delivers CRRT .

This survey will provide a current state of the art on the diagnosis of acute kdiney injury and management of extracorporeal blood purification therapy .

This survey has been endorsed by ESICM. It should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey here


This survey has been endorsed by ESICM.

We ask all ICU health care professionals  to participate. The survey is anonymous.

It should take no more than 15 minutes.

Complete the survey anonymously in English here

Contact: Simone PIVA, Dept. of Medical & Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences & Public Health, University of Brescia; Dept. of Emergency, Spedali Civili University Hospital, Brescia, Italy



The survey will present the same question as the survey in the paper published in 2017 [PMID: 28787293].

Several factors have been advocated for their importance in the management of patients in ICU settings including delirium, pain and analgesia, early mobility, and family involvement. In 2018 the PADIS (Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU) guidelines were published to provide clinicians with specific indications for the management of pain, analgesia, and delirium. In 2017 we conducted a survey to assess the knowledge and use of the ABCDEF (Assessing Pain, Both Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials, Choice of Drugs, Delirium monitoring/management, Early exercise/mobility, and Family Empowerment) bundle worldwide and we found wide variability on its application across individual countries. After 6 years, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to implement a new release of the survey to have a new picture of the ABCDEF bundle application worldwide. We think that this could offer interesting insights into the implementation of the ABCDEF bundle and possibly identify specific barriers and targets for further quality improvement and adoption of the bundle.

Our focus is to explore the knowledge about the ABCDEF bundle and the grade of its implementation worldwide, including, in this new release, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.


VasoPREssin use in Septic Shock: the PRESS survey

The primary endpoint is to evaluate the use of vasopressin as a vasopressor in the management of patients with septic shock (selection of patients, triggers for vasopressin administration, timing of vasopressin administration). The secondary endpoints are to evaluate the modalities of vasopressin administration in patients with septic shock: Dose of vasopressin (initial dose, maximal dose and titration) during resuscitation; Duration of vasopressin administration; Discontinuation of vasopressin administration.

Steering Committee members:
Pr Michelle CHEW, Dept. of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine, Linköping, Sweden
Pr Xavier MONNET, Intensive Care Medicine, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
Pr Daniel DE BACKER, Intensive Care Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
Dr Antonio MESSINA, Humanitas Clinical and Research Center – Rozzano (Milano), Italy

Contact: Mathieu JOZWIAK, University Hospital of Nice, MICU, Nice, France (


We call on all ICUs. Each clinician will be asked about the hemodynamic management of patients with septic shock admitted to their intensive care unit. Participation in the survey is anonymous and voluntary.

This survey aims to provide valuable information on the use of vasopressin (triggers and timing of administration, dosage, discontinuation and cessation) in patients with septic shock.

This survey has been endorsed by ESICM. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey here

opened since 21 October

Towards a diverse and inclusive society: a survey of perceptions of discrimination

This survey will help to prioritize strategies to address discrimination and increase equity within ESICM.

Period: starting on 21 October at LIVES 2023. This survey is now open.


Michelle Chew, Chair-elect of the ESICM CD Section.
Olfa Hamzaoui, member of the CD Section and National Representative for France in the ESICM Council.


We call on ESICM LIVES 2023 attendees and ESICM members. The survey completion is voluntary.

This survey has been endorsed by ESICM. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

This survey aims to collect subjective opinions (perception of discrimination) from a sample of ESICM Lives 2023 attendees and ESICM members that will be analyzed as a representative of intensive care health workers worldwide.

Complete the survey here


This survey has been endorsed by ESICM.

We ask all ICU health care professionals with or without experience in CCUS to participate. The survey is anonymous.

It should take no more than 10 minutes.

Complete the survey anonymously in English here

Contact: Pieter R. Tuinman, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location VUmc, The Netherlands



Training and implementation of Critical Care Ultrasonography (CCUS): a survey

The primary objective of this study is to get insight into the current status and experiences of CCUS use and certification. Secondary objective is to determine possible causes for the lack of implementation of CCUS.

This survey has been designed after consultation with the EDEC, Clinical Training and NEXT Committee of the ESICM and have their support.

With this survey we will provide an overview of the current status of CCUS use in the ICU for use and training. In addition, we want to determine which factors have the most influence on the (lack of) use of CCUS in clinical practice and certification.

Steering committee: Adrian Wong, Amne Mousa, Laura Galarza, Philippe Vignon, Pieter Roel Tuinman


A survey of when to intubate in hypoxemic respiratory failure

The primary objective is to determine the influence of relevant physiologic variables on the decision to intubate and ventilate in the context of hypoxemic respiratory failure.

The secondary objective is to evaluate the probability of recommending intubation among patients who meet physiologic thresholds that could be tested in randomized clinical trials.

This survey has been endorsed by ESICM. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Steering Committee:

Giacomo Bellani, Rob Fowler, Sangeeta Mehta, Kim Lewis, Georgiana Roman-Sarita, Harm-Jan De Grooth, Federico Angriman, Hannah Wozniak, Thiago Bassi, Jariya Sereeyotin, Idunn Morris, Peter Reardon, Baoli Li, Ewan Goligher, Takeshi Yoshida


We call on clinicians involved in the decision to initiate invasive ventilation in hypoxemic respiratory failure. This includes, but is not limited to critical care medicine clinicians. It also includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and (in some jurisdictions) physiotherapists. to complete the survey anonymously in English. The survey completion is voluntary.

Complete the survey here.

Contact: Christopher Yarnell, University of Toronto Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University Health Network and Scarborough Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


PEOpLE-C19-EU study

Perspectives of physicians and nurses on palliative and end-of-life care practices in ICU after the COVID-19 era: An explorative survey study in European ICUs

The aim of the study is to provide an overview of how palliative care is delivered in European ICUs and what is the impact on moral distress of ICU staff after the era of COVID-19. We focus on describing current palliative care practices and indentifying factors leading to moral distress associated with providing palliative care inEuropean ICUs.

We anticipate that the resulting data will help us understand how we, health care professionals, deliver palliative care after the pandemic and what are possible factors that affect moral distress while delivering palliative care. We would like to compare our results with data before the pandemic. These results may contribute to a safer environment in European ICUs.

We kindly invite you to this ideal opportunity to reflect anonymously on your experiences and possible burden associated with palliative care in the ICU. If you would like to receive the results of the study, please send an email to our contact person.

Steering committee includes: Tereza Prokopova – principal investigator (Czech Republic), Jan Hudec (Czech Republic), Kamil Vrbica (Czech Republic), Katerina Rusinova (Czech Republic), Jan Stasek (Czech Republic), Andrea Pokorna (Czech Republic), Petr Stourac (Czech Republic), Jos Latour – study consultant (United Kingdom), Jan Malaska – senior researcher (Czech Republic)


We call all health care providers working in European ICUs and providing palliative care to admitted patients. The survey completion is anonymous and voluntary.

The PEOpLE-C19-EU study has been endorsed by ESICM. The completion should take no more than 15 minutes.

Please, complete the survey here.

Contact: Tereza Prokopova, MD. Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Brno and Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Department of Simulation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

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