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


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


Ventilatory strategies in patients with severe traumatic brain injury Survey.

The potential role of protective lung ventilation, which demonstrated demonstrated a reduce in 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 a result of permissive hypercapnia and of high airway pressures during recruitment maneuvers or prone position. The utility of these strategies has been proven in several groups of 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


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.



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.


More information:

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 organised by Global Sepsis Alliance.

More information:

Ongoing survey


The survey is part of a study initiated by 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).


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.


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