Pediatric falls from heights

J Trauma. 1991 Oct;31(10):1347-9. doi: 10.1097/00005373-199110000-00004.


Injuries resulting from falls from heights still constitute a significant portion of urban trauma. At this pediatric trauma center, 70 children were admitted from 1985 to 1988 after sustaining a fall of 10 feet or greater or at least one story. The mean patient age was 5 years and 68% of the patients were boys. Seventy-eight percent of falls occurred from 2 stories or less and usually took place at or near the home. Most patients sustained a single major injury and all survived. The majority of injuries involved the head or skeleton and residual functional deficits were uncommon. The incidence of falls from heights has remained high in urban areas despite public education and building codes that require window guards and safety rails.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Seasons
  • Wounds and Injuries / pathology*