The head and neck were the most common parts of the body to be injured in all age groups. 27% of all injuries were to the head and neck.
72.5% of injuries resulted from falling out of bunk beds.
93.5% of the mishaps happened at home.
"Our study found that bunk bed-related injuries can be severe and require hospital admission. In addition to children less than 6 years of age, young adults have a significantly increased risk of injury from bunk beds in schools, recreational sports facilities, and public properties," according to prepared statements from co-author Lara McKenzie, PhD, of Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Half of those incidents that happened at schools involved older people, aged 18 to 21 years old. It's not known why, although injuries may be taking place in college dormitories or military settings.
Half of all bunk bed-related injuries happen to children younger than 6.
Study authors Anjali D'Souza and Gary A. Smith, MD, DrPH, of Ohio State University College of Medicine urge greater awareness to help reduce accidents around bunk beds.
Bunk Bed Safety Tips
Make sure guardrails are used on both sides of the upper bunk.
Use a proper-sized mattress.
Keep kids younger than 6 out of the top bunk.
Use night lights to help children see the ladder at night.
Keep bunks far away from ceiling fans or ceiling fixtures.
The findings appear in the June edition of the journal Pediatrics.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has safety standards for bunk beds. You can view them at www.cpsc.gov/volstd/bunkbed/bunkbed.