Unintentional fall emergency department visits among 0 to 4 year olds by place of occurrence, 2014-2015

Certain digits were suppressed for confidentiality reasons, in accordance with Canadian Institute for Health Information’s (CIHI’s) privacy policy.
For 2014–2015, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) abstracts that contained Main/Other Problem and were reported in this table included all Emergency Departments (EDs) in Ontario and Alberta, as well as 27% of ED visits in Prince Edward Island, 17% of ED visits in Nova Scotia, 6% of ED visits in Manitoba and 89% of ED visits in Yukon.
Data from Saskatchewan and British Columbia did not include Other.

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, 2014–2015, Canadian Institute for Health Information. https://www.cihi.ca/en/national-ambulatory-care-reporting-system-metadata -accessed June 23, 2017.

In 2014/15, there were over 57,000 emergency room visits among 0 to 4 year olds because of falls.

About one-third of the falls happened at home.

In 2% of cases the child was admitted (1,149 admissions) to hospital.


Parent education regarding prevention strategies is considered one way to prevent future childhood injuries – especially those serious enough to require a visit to an emergency department.  Recent evidence indicates that visits to emergency – which are usually the day that the child is injured – are not the best time for that education to occur.  The perception of risk following such an injury is highest four to six weeks later – therefore education is better at follow-up visits.1

1Takuro Ishikawa. Research Highlight: Are Emergency Department visits the best time to educate parents on injury prevention? Parachute Website. http://injuryevidence.ca/injury-hospitalizations/- accessed June 24, 2017.