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?

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Ongoing Survey


Ventilatory strategies in patients with severe traumatic brain injury Survey.

The potential role of protective lung ventilation, which demonstrated to reduce postoperative complications in the general population with and without acute distress respiratory syndrome, has been suggested even in Traumatic brain injured patients. However, lung protective ventilation can increase intracranial pressure as result of permissive hypercapnia and of high airway pressures during recruitment maneuvers or prone position. The utility of these strategies has been proved in several groups if patients, but their use in neurocritical care patients is still uncertain.

The survey was endorsed by ESICM and NIC Section.

Steering Committee: Chiara ROBBA PhD, Edoardo PICETTI MD, Fabio Silvio TACCONE MD PhD and Professor Paolo PELOSI


The survey takes about 15 minutes, is completely anonymous. 

The aim of this survey is to assess the current clinical practice, the ventilatory targets and management in patients with traumatic brain injury with or without acute distress respiratory syndrome.

Complete the survey here.


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).

Complete the survey here.

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.

Ongoing Survey

GSA Survey

GSA Sepsis Quality Measures Global Survey.

Despite a recent resolution by the WHO and increasing worldwide recognition that sepsis poses a major global health threat, our knowledge of what sepsis surveillance, treatment, quality improvement (QI), and reporting practices look like across the world is surprisingly limited and fragmented.

The purpose of this survey is to characterize the current practices related to sepsis surveillance, treatment, quality improvement, and reporting worldwide.

The Principal Investigator is Pr. Konrad Reinhart, Jena University Hospital, Germany.

The survey is organized by Global Sepsis Alliance.

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The survey takes about 7 to 9 minutes, is completely anonymous, and essential to reveal how sepsis is measured and treated around the world. The results of this survey will shape the work of the GSA for years to come, and you can make your voice heard.

Complete the survey here.


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The Squeeze micro-survey is about the use of vasopressors in the immediate postoperative period. The responses will inform an international observational study of this topic. This survey has 8 questions and should take you between 2 and 3 minutes.

This survey has been endorsed by ESICM- POIC  Section and ESA.

Complete the survey here.


Ongoing survey


The survey is part of a study Initiated in the ESICM POIC Section, this is a European Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Trial Network (ESA CTN) sponsored study and it has been endorsed by ESICM.

SQUEEZE is a prospective multi-centre international observational study of postoperative vasopressor usage.

The goal is to evaluate the proportion of non-cardiac surgical patients receiving postoperative vasopressors, the characteristics of patients, surgery and anaesthesia that lead to postoperative vasopressor use.

The Squeeze micro-survey is about the use of vasopressors in the immediate postoperative period. The responses will inform an international observational study of this topic.

Steering Committee: Ib Jammer (Norway), Ben Creagh-Brown (UK), Lui Forni (UK), Ramani Moonesinghe (UK) and Hannah Wunsch (Canada).

Completed Surveys

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