Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Background - Fall Statistics

Fall Statistics in Canada

  • According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI, 2000), falls are the primary cause of injury admissions to Canada’s acute care hospitals, accounting for 54.4% of all hospitalizations and 75.7% of all in-hospital deaths for clients admitted for injuries.
  • For seniors age 65 years and older, falls were the cause of 84.8% of all injury admissions.
  • Falls are the second leading cause of both head and spinal cord injuries (35% and 37%, respectively) (CIHI, 2004).

Fall Statistics in Ontario

  • Falls were responsible for 80% of head injury hospitalizations in people age 65 and older in Ontario in 1998/99 (CIHI, 2000).
  • Women are admitted to Ontario hospitals for injuries from falls twice as often as men.