• A telephone survey of all licensed group day-care centers serving 2- to 6-year-old children in Maryland was conducted to determine the rate of injuries, their nature, and the circumstances of occurrence. Eighty-two percent of the 523 operating centers were contacted. Two centers declined to participate. Twenty-nine injuries were reported. A total of 18 728 children were surveyed (children who attended half a day were given half credit per day) or 92 640 childdays. Yearly injury rates of 7.02% for medically attended injuries, 4.29% for injuries limiting activity, and a total yearly injury rate of 11.30% were calculated. This general injury rate was similar to incidence figures from a nonday-care center injury study. This lack of improvement in injury rates in licensed day care is of concern and deserves increased attention from pediatricians.
Landman PF, Landman GB. Accidental Injuries in Children in Day-care Centers. Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(3):292-293. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460030070027