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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of survey respondents

From: Current use of vasopressors in septic shock

  Response rate
Total Europe Outside Europe
Valid respondents 839 (100%) 546 (65%) 293 (35%)
Main specialty area
 Intensive care 545 (65%) 313 (57%) 232 (79%)
 Anesthesiology 197 (23%) 164 (30%) 33 (11%)
 Internal medicine 53 (6%) 44 (8%) 9 (3%)
 Surgery 8 (1%) 3 (0.5%) 5 (2%)
 Other 36 (4%) 22 (4%) 14 (5%)
Experience as intensivist
 Full time > 5 years 445 (53%) 282 (52%) 163 (56%)
 Full time 2–5 years 98 (12%) 49 (9%) 49 (17%)
 Full time < 2 years 46 (5%) 26 (5%) 20 (7%)
 Part time intensivist 141 (17%) 116 (21%) 25 (9%)
 Not specialized (yet) 108 (13%) 73 (13%) 35 (12%)
Type of institution
 University hospital 353 (42%) 262 (48%) 91 (31%)
 Non-university public hospital 183 (22%) 149 (27%) 34 (12%)
 University affiliated hospital 178 (21%) 100 (18%) 78 (27%)
 Private hospital 113 (13%) 31 (6%) 82 (28%)
 Other 12 (1%) 4 (1%) 8 (3%)
Type of ICU    
 Mixed ICU 627 (75%) 408 (75%) 219 (75%)
 Surgical ICU 88 (10%) 68 (12%) 20 (7%)
 Medical ICU 83 (10%) 50 (9%) 33 (11%)
 Other 41 (5%) 20 (4%) 21 (7%)
Number of ICU beds
 ≤ 5 23 (3%) 16 (3%) 7 (2%)
 6–10 221 (26%) 176 (32%) 45 (15%)
 11–15 188 (22%) 135 (25%) 53 (18%)
 16–20 150 (18%) 89 (16%) 61 (21%)
 ≥ 20 257 (31%) 130 (24%) 127 (43%)
Number of patients admitted per year
 < 500 188 (22%) 135 (25%) 53 (18%)
 500–1000 291 (35%) 193 (35%) 98 (33%)
 1001–1500 178 (21%) 115 (21%) 63 (22%)
 1501–2000 92 (11%) 58 (11%) 34 (12%)
 > 2000 90 (11%) 45 (8%) 45 (15%)