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

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


The aim of this survey is to gain insight into the current clinical practice, ICU admission criteria, and management of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients.

It takes less than 20 minutes. Complete the survey here.

Contact: Chiara Robba

Ongoing Survey

Strike Survey

Indications and intensive care management of patients with acute ischemic stroke

An increasing proportion of patients with severe stroke require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) for neurological monitoring and management of post-stroke complications. Because of the rapid and irreversible nature of ischemic brain injury, the best goal-directed therapies must begin as early as possible.

However, there is a lack of consensus regarding the recommended general management of the patients, starting from the locally agreed ICU admission criteria and therapeutic strategies. This survey has been developed to gain insight into the current clinical practice, ICU admission criteria, and management of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients.

Steering Committee: Dr Chiara Robba, Prof Giuseppe Citerio, Prof Martin Smith

Ongoing Survey

Hypotension Survey

International Survey amongst Physicians and Nurses Regarding Used Definitions, Incidence, Current Treatment Strategies and Perceived Outcome of Hypotension in Intensive Care Patients.

The lack of consensus regarding an universal definition of hypotension for ICU patients and the need of being proactive rather than reactive towards hypotensive episodes formed a trigger to develop an international survey to map used definitions, treatment and outcome of hypotensive episodes in the ICU among physicians and non-physicians. The aim of this survey is to form a baseline on these topics. Besides, the results of the survey are expected to improve future guidelines, patient care and guide new topics for research.

This survey is endorsed by the Research Committee and the Cardiovascular Dynamics section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Steering committee: Prof. Jan Bakker MD, PhD, Prof. Thomas Scheeren MD, PhD, Alexander Vlaar MD, PhD


If you are an ICU based physician or non-physician, we are asking for your participation.

This anonymized survey will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Please respond from the perspective of standard practice in your ICU.

Complete the survey here

Contact: W.H. van der Ven


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 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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