Emergency Room Advice:Burns Part I: Josyann Abisaab
One reason why a person might decide to go to the emergency room is if he suffered a severe burn. Burns can be caused in many ways; some of the more common sources of burns are hot substances such as boiling water, or from fire. Certain chemicals which are caustic can also cause serious burns. How can a person decide whether a trip to the emergency room is really needed? The following guidelines in three parts should be helpful. First-degree burns are the least serious. These types of burns only affect the outermost layer of skin, and do not penetrate further. The skin usually appears red with some swelling, and…
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…
Protecting the Knee from ACL Tears
A very painful injury seen in ERs by doctors like Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an ACL tear. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the four main ligaments which control the motion of the knee. This injury usually occurs in “weekend warriors” who play only once or twice a week, and do not build up the required strength and flexibility in between games. To prevent ER visits with torn ACLs, strengthen the area by doing lunges, squats, hamstring exercises and leg presses on a regular basis. This will help secure and brace the knee during games.
Autumn Season Safety Tips: Josyann Abisaab MD
The season of “falling leaves” has given autumn its popular moniker as the fall season. But for doctors like Josyann Abisaab MD who staff emergency rooms around the country, “fall” has taken on a whole new meaning. Forty-two million Americans seek emergency room treatment each year upon falling. Many of these injuries occur during the performance of ordinary household tasks, such as outdoor yard maintenance. Leaf raking, lawn mowing, and roof inspections all have their potential dangers, including major falls, painful cuts and back injuries. Lawn mowers, in particular, must be viewed as the large, potentially harm-causing machines that they really are. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more…
Dr. Josyann Abisaab & The Lebanese Society of Emergency Medicine
Next month in Beirut, Lebanon there will be a conference of The Lebanese Society of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Josyann Abisaab is on the Scientific and Organizational Committees for this 4th Annual Conference. In addition to Josyann Abisaab, M.D., another ten faculty members from New York Presbyterian Hospital will be joining her in Lebanon as either speakers or workshop leaders for the conference.