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.


The intention is 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.

Complete the survey here.

The survey is led by Prof. Dr. Hendrik Bracht. The survey has been endorsed by ESICM INF Section.

Ongoing Survey


A-TEAM-ICU Antibiotic Stewardship, Therapeutic Drug monitoring and Early Appropriate infection Management in worldwide ICUs.

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 anti-infective. 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.

Steering Committee: Dr. Christian Lanckohr, Prof. Jan de Waele MD PhD, Dr. Jeroen Schouten, Prof. Dr. D.W. de Lange and Prof. Dr. Menno Prins.

Ongoing Survey


Invasive Aspergillosis among Patients with Severe Influenza in Intensive Care Units.

Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is widely recognized as a major cause of mortality and morbidity among immunocompromised patients. Recently, attention has been given to IPA as a complication of critically ill patients with severe influenza. However, multi-center data on influenza-associated aspergillosis (IAA) are lacking.

This IPAFLU survey aims to assess the burden of IAA in European ICUs and the use of galactomannan in the diagnosis of IPA in adult critically ill influenza patients. Furthermore, we also want to raise awareness of IAA among European intensivists.

The survey is led by Prof. Dr. Joost Wauters and has been endorsed by CDC (US),  the INF Section and ESICM.


Completing this survey will only take you approximately 5 minutes. Your responses will be kept confidential.

This IPAFLU survey aims to assess the burden of IAA in European ICUs and the use of galactomannan in the diagnosis of IPA in adult critically ill influenza patients.

Complete the survey here.

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Joost Wauters or Dr. Michelle Holtappels


The survey begins with a quick characterization of your working environment. The following thirty questions will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Your responses will be kept confidential and no identifiable information will be collected.

Complete the survey here.

Contact: Dr. Guillaume Voiriot

Ongoing Survey

LRTIinICU Survey

Respiratory virus-associated severe lower respiratory tract infections in critically ill adult patients: a survey of knowledge and practice patterns among European intensivists.

The purpose of this survey is to provide data regarding the knowledge and the management of respiratory virus-associated severe LRTI by European intensivists. These data will guide future prospective studies aiming to better characterize the use and the impact of molecular diagnostic tests and the optimal therapeutic management of viruses-associated LRTI.

The survey was endorsed by ESICM Section.

Investigators: Guillaume Voiriot, Quentin Philippot, Intensive Care Unit, Tenon Hospital, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France

Ongoing survey


Acute liver failure (ALF) is a rare condition characterized by new (no previous cirrhosis) and rapidly evolving (≤26 weeks) hepatic dysfunction associated with neurologic dysfunction (any grade of hepatic encephalopathy) and coagulopathy (INR ≥1.5). This disease may be due to several aetiologies (e.g. drug toxicity such as paracetamol and viruses such as hepatitis A, B or E), with great regional variability. The outcomes of patients with ALF have been improving throughout the decades largely because of optimized access and quality of intensive care and emergent liver transplantation.

We have developed the survey ALFinICU to try to characterize the current practice of European ICUs in treating patients with ALF. With this, we hope to contribute to generate debate and identify future educational points about this rare disease.


Acute liver failure practice in the intensive care unit (ALFinICU).

This survey has been endorsed by ESICM.

The lead Investigator is Filipe Sousa Cardoso (Portugal).

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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.


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

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