Objective. To determine the incidence and characteristics of fall-related injuries to children and adolescents.
Design. Population-based study.
Setting. All hospital discharges in Washington State for fall-related injuries in 1989 and 1990.
Population. Children and adolescents 19 years and younger.
Results. Falls accounted for nearly one third of all trauma admissions, and fall patients tended to be younger than those with other injuries. Falls from one level to another accounted for 40% of the total. One fourth of all patients and 42% of preschoolers sustained head injury. The annual cost of these injuries in Washington State was $4.5 million. Pediatrics 1993;92:61-63; falls, injuries.