• Dr. Josyann Abisaab and ER News

    It seems that CT scans on kids in Emergency Rooms might be being over-used, according to a recent study in ‘Radiology.’ Figures show that the number has increased a staggering fivefold since 1995 and this has to “raise concerns about radiation exposure.”  The huge escalation can probably be explained by advancements in CT technology, but may not justify it.  The problem is exacerbated when some radiology departments are not “consistently tailor[ing] the CT technique to the child’s size.”  Physicians need to “ensure appropriate scanning indications to minimize pediatric radiation exposure.” Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an emergency room physician practicing at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

  • Symptoms of Heart Attacks that Require an Emergency Room Visit: Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    Symptoms of heart attack and stroke certainly require immediate attention in the emergency room. Those symptoms include chest pain and/or shoulder pain which goes down the arm. Heartburn can also be a symptom. Other cardiac symptoms of heart attack are shortness of breath, quick pulse, and palpitations. Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an emergency room physician who frequently cares for patients in the emergency room experiencing heart attacks. Early intervention under such circumstances can often save a person’s life.

  • Third Degree Burns Require Immediate Emergency Care

    Third degree burns are the most severe. These burns involve all the skin’s layers and cause permanent damage to the tissues. Sometimes fat, muscle and even bone can be involved. If the burn is bad enough it could appear black and charred or look dry and white. There can be other toxic effects if smoke inhalation accompanied the burn and the patient might have trouble inhaling or exhaling. Third degree burns are serious emergencies and require expert emergency care from emergency room doctors such as Josyann Abisaab. Call 911 as soon as possible, and while waiting for the ambulance be sure to: 1.    Not remove clothing, but make sure there…

  • Understanding Triage: Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    ER physicians like Dr. Josyann Abisaab know that people wonder why emergency rooms often don’t treat patients in the precise order in which they arrive. This due to the concept of triage. Triage is generally a patient’s first stop in the emergency department. It is the site where a member of the ER team, usually a nurse, evaluates the patient’s condition and assigns him to one of three categories: 1.       Imminently life-threatening 2.       Urgent, but not imminently life-threatening 3.       Less urgent As a result of triage, someone who arrives with a life-threatening condition can be seen immediately, even if he or she was not the first to arrive. Conversely, this means that…

  • Asthma and Emergency Care

    Having a child with asthma can be very stressful. It is hard to know when an ER visit is necessary. Emergency care doctors such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab recommend you prepare for such a visit in advance, and become familiar with the symptoms that need emergency care. Some of them are: If your child’s coloring changes; blue or gray lips and/or fingernails. If your child has difficulty talking. If your child’s peak flow reading drops below 50% and does not improve with medication. If your child repeatedly uses rescue medications for severe flare-up symptoms which do not go away after five or ten minutes or return quickly. If the areas…