Injuries in children sustained in free falls: an analysis of 66 cases

J Trauma. 1975 Nov;15(11):987-91. doi: 10.1097/00005373-197511000-00008.


Sixty-six children who fell distances up to 96 feet were studied to determine the frequency and patterns of injuries sustained. Upper extremity, skull, and femoral fractures were most common; there was only one pelvic fracture and one os calcis fracture. Two of the children died, and 64 children returned to normal activities.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / epidemiology
  • Accidents, Home*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*