Table 1

Distribution of the 1881 childhood (0–14 years) injuries attributable to falls from beds recorded in EDISS during the three year period 1996–1998 by demographic, accident, and injury descriptive variables and type of bed (bunk bed or conventional)

VariableBunk bed number (%)Conventional bed number (%)p Value
Age (y)0.001
    0–494 (47.7)1350 (80.2)
    5–980 (40.7)255 (15.1)
    10+23 (11.6)79 (4.7)
Gender0.82
    Male109 (55.3)946 (56.2)
    Female88 (44.7)738 (43.8)
Place of residence0.14
    Greater Athens182 (92.4)1498 (89.0)
    Magnesia-Corfu15 (7.6)186 (11.0)
Nationality0.01
    Greek195 (99.0)1606 (95.4)
    Migrant2 (1.0)78 (4.6)
Time of accident0.001
    0600–095913 (6.6)147 (8.7)
    1000–135928 (14.2)399 (23.7)
    1400–175964 (32.5)458 (27.2)
    1800–215969 (35.0)579 (34.4)
    2200–055923 (11.7)101 (6.0)
Day of accident0.45
    Weekday68 (34.5)537 (31.9)
    Weekend129 (65.5)1147 (68.1)
Season of accident0.05
    Winter50 (25.4)343 (20.4)
    Spring49 (24.9)378 (22.4)
    Summer34 (17.2)431 (25.6)
    Autumn64 (32.5)532 (31.6)
Activity0.09
    Leisure160 (81.2)1442 (85.6)
    Sleep37 (18.8)242 (14.4)
Injured body part0.001
    Brain28 (14.2)96 (5.7)
    Skull46 (23.3)682 (40.5)
    Face53 (26.9)491 (29.2)
    Trunk22 (11.2)115 (6.8)
    Upper limbs33 (16.8)195 (11.6)
    Lower limbs15 (7.6)105 (6.2)
Type of injury0.001
    Contusion, abrasion56 (28.4)445 (26.4)
    Open wound37 (18.8)496 (29.4)
    Fracture39 (19.8)220 (13.1)
    Concussion29 (14.7)91 (5.4)
    Other8 (4.1)69 (4.1)
    No injury diagnosed28 (14.2)363 (21.6)
Number of injuries0.001
    Single162 (82.2)1562 (92.8)
    Multiple35 (17.8)122 (7.2)
Outcome0.001
    Non-hospitalised164 (83.3)1586 (94.2)
    Hospitalised33 (16.7)98 (5.8)
Total197 (100.0)1684 (100.0)