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Table 4 Falls characteristics and post-fall neurological assessment (N = 934)

From: Intracranial haemorrhage detected by cerebral computed tomography after falls in hospital acute medical wards

Characteristic n (%)
Fall height
 Standing/ambulating 510 (54.6)
 Sitting 167 (18.0)
 Fall out of bed 245 (26.2)
 Other 12 (1.2)
Witnessed fall 274 (29.3)
Head strike 222 (23.8)
Lost consciousness or amnesia 26 (2.8)
Presence of distracting injury 63 (6.8)
Drop in GCS > 2 pointsa 29 (3.1)
Neurological symptoms or deficit 48 (5.1)
 New or worsening confusion 22 (2.4)
 Focal deficit 10 (1.1)
 Severe headache 5 (0.5)
 Vomiting 1 (0.1)
 Seizure 6 (0.6)
 More than 2 symptoms/signs 4 (0.4)
  1. GCS Glasgow Coma Scale
  2. aData missing in 6.0% of falls