ESICM members are welcome to participate in research surveys covering important aspects of intensive care medicine. These surveys, proposed by experts in the field, are endorsed by the ESICM Research Committee and offer a great opportunity to advance knowledge and often stimulate further research. Since 2012, ESICM has endorsed 43 surveys and continues to support initiatives in intensive care medicine.

Do you have a survey you would like ESICM to endorse?

Fill in the application form and forward it here.

Ongoing Survey


Current Practice of infectious disease management in the ICU – International survey

Infection affects half of the ICU patients while antimicrobials are prescribed to about 70% of them. It is recommended to start antimicrobial early and appropriately to improve outcome. However, overuse is leading to a widespread resistance.

To tackle the problem, stewardship programs are increasingly implemented but the heterogeneity managing infectious diseases in the ICU remains a main obstacle. Many specialties are sharing in the decision-making with poorly defined roles and responsibilities and wide variability even in the same country.

Steering Committee: Ashraf Roshdy (St George’s university hospitals NHS foundation trust, London, UK) , Ahmed Samy Elsayed (King Fahd Military Medical complex, KSA)


Completing this survey will only take you around 15 minutes. Your responses will be kept confidential.

The aim of this survey is to understand the current infectious disease practice in the ICU in order to improve infectious disease management including training and role allocation.

Complete the survey here.

The survey is led by Ashraf Roshdy .


The information gathered in this study will be used as a baseline measurement prior to implementation of the new transfusion guideline, and use it for future comparison to determine whether the guideline resulted in a change of practice. This anonymized survey will take 10 to 15 minutes to be completed.

Complete the survey here.

Contact: Sanne De Bruin 

Ongoing Survey

TRACE 2 Survey

Transfusion practice on the intensive care unit (ICU) in patients with active bleeding; an international online survey -The TRACE2 survey

The ESICM Transfusion Guideline Task force is currently preparing the first international transfusion guideline specifically for bleeding adults in the intensive care setting. In succession if the TRACE-1 survey where we studied transfusion practice in none-bleeding patients, we now aim to examine transfusion practice in the actively bleeding critically ill patients. As there is no international guideline on this subject yet, we hypothesize a great heterogeneity in the use of blood products.

Steering Committee: Prof. Jan Bakker, Prof. Thomas Scheeren, Dr. Alexander Vlaar, Drs. Sanne de Bruin

Ongoing survey


International survey on the Structure and Organisation of the Intensive Care Unit (ISOREA)

The present survey aims to evaluate the structures and the organisation systems of the ICUs in a large sample from high, middle, and low income countries.

The survey is endorsed by:
– ESICM (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine)
– SRLF (Société de Réanimation de Langue Française)
– SARAF (Société d’Anesthésie Réanimation d’Afrique Francophone)
– ISCCM (Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine)

Coordinator: Pr. Armand Mekontso Dessap


The following items will be involved in the survey: the spatial characteristics of the ICU, life support and monitoring techniques, human resources, clinical care administered to patients, research activities, and training and quality improvement programmes.

Complete the survey here.


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