Purpose. This study identified patient characteristics and environmental factors related to falls and injuries at one pediatric hospital.
Design and Methods. This descriptive study was part of a multisite study based on inpatient pediatric falls reported over a 6-month period.
Results. Fall prevalence was .84/1,000 patient days. Thirty-one of the 53 falls (58.5%) resulted in injury; 17% required treatment. Of the injured children, 83% were developmentally appropriate, 58% were in the hospital room, and five fell from a bed.
Practice Implications. Comprehensive fall prevention programs are required to promote patient safety.