Surveys are an important instrument to generate research questions and evaluate the impact of clinical research in practice. Therefore, a rigorous methodology and quality of surveys is essential for good quality data particularly if ESICM endorsement is requested. You can ask an endorsement from the relevant Section prior to applying to the Research Committee.

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If you are clinician (respiratory therapist, physician, nurse, physiotherapist, etc) who has worked in adult ICU for more than one year and used HFNC treatment for patient, we are asking for your participation in this international survey.

It takes less than 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. No identification data is collected, and your answers will be kept confidential. Completion of the survey indicates your consent to participate.

Complete the survey here.

Contact: Stephan  Ehrmann or Jie Li 

Ongoing Survey

HFNC Survey

Current Practice of High Flow Nasal Cannula and Transnasal Aerosol Delivery in Adult Intensive Care Units: An International Survey

High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) delivers oxygen at a warmed humidified flow with high velocity, and it has become a broadly utilized modality of oxygen therapy in adult patients. Randomized control trials and meta-analyses have demonstrated benefits. However, the actual utilization such as indication, flow setting, temperature setting, weaning, is still unknown. For patients who need aerosol therapy during HFNC treatment, the optimal route to deliver aerosol is still controversial.

The results of the survey will help understand the global practice of HFNC, which ultimately will guide future studies in HFNC treatment.

This survey is a research project, approved by the ethical committee in multiple countries (China, France, USA, Taiwan)

Lead by Dr Stephan Ehrmann. Steering Committee: Jie Li, MS, James B Fink, PhD, Lixing Xie, MD, Yuan Xu, MD, Zongan Liang, MD, Meilien Tu, MS, Thomas Piraino, RRT.

Ongoing Survey

CleanTBI Survey

Neurosedation survey: Sedation Management in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Survey

Over-sedation in the ICU has profound consequences including delayed mobilization, prolonged mechanical ventilation, longer lengths of stay, and long-term cognitive impairment. However, the optimal approach to sedate neurocritically ill patients, and more specifically TBI, is unknown. The potential for secondary cerebral injury has driven clinical protocols aiming to decrease brain oxygen consumption and intracranial pressure with high doses of sedatives. Given the long-term cognitive morbidity of TBI and lack of randomized controlled trials, it is important to better understand sedation management in this population.

The survey is endorsed by ESICM (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine), ESICM NIC Section and NCS (Neurocritical Care Society)

Coordinator: Dr. V. McCredie


The survey takes about 15 minutes and is completely anonymous.

The goal of this research study is to understand the current practices employed by clinicians when sedating patients with severe traumatic brain injury in the Intensive Care Unit.

Complete the survey here.


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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