• Water Safety Rules to Save Lives

    Water safety is incredibly important, especially during the summer months.  Doctors like Josyann Abisaab will explain that they see many tragedies every summer, as parents come to the emergency room with their children who have had pool accidents. Drowning is actually the second most common cause of death from injuries for children under 14.  Here are some key tips to keep kids safe around the water in the summer. Children should never dive off of the side of a pool unless an adult says that the water is deep enough.  They should look at the depth markers and pay attention to them. Make sure to test the water’s temperature before…

  • Ankle Injuries and the ER: Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    One of the most common injuries seen in the ER is the ankle injury. Ankle sprains, breaks and fractures are most often a result of activities which require quick stops and starts, as well as abrupt changes in direction. Improper footwear is also a common cause of such injuries. Emergency care doctors like Dr. Josyann Abisaab understand that it is important to: Do daily exercises to strengthen the ankles, as well as to increase their flexibility Strengthen and support old ankle injuries Wear the correct shoes for an activity such as hiking or soccer Avoid running on uneven surfaces.

  • Broken Bones and Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    The pain of a broken bone usually sends the victim straight to the emergency room, whether or not there is certainty that a bone is actually broken. A careful examination including an x-ray by an emergency room doctor such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab can usually determine whether a bone was indeed broken. A bone will break if there is more pressure placed on the bone than the bone can handle. The bone can either split or break, and in either case this break, no matter how large, is called a fracture. If the broken edge of the bone breaks through the skin, then the fracture is called either an open…

  • Understanding Knee Injuries:Dr. Josyann Abisaab

    W hen all the parts of the body are working together well, it is easy to forget how each and every muscle, bone, and organ are essential for a painless, well-functioning body. A good example of this is when someone has a knee injury. In just a moment the person goes from painless walking, bending, climbing stairs, crouching and stretching, to a person who experiences pain with every bend of the leg at the knee. The knee is the largest joint in the body. Joints are the places where two bones come together. The knees provide the body with stability, flexibility and allow your legs to straighten up, bend and…

  • 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.