Battling Asthma in the Fight for Life
Alphonzo Grant knew the drill: set up the nebulizer, add the albuterol and inhale; in no time, his airways would open up. Except this time, his nebulizer wasn’t having any
effect, and his airways were quickly constricting. Trying not to panic, Mr. Grant and his wife headed to the Emergency Department at New York Methodist Hospital.
Mr. Grant woke up three days later - in the Intensive Care Unit. During the asthma attack, his oxygen saturation level had dropped to 70 percent (100 percent is considered normal), and his carbon dioxide level was dangerously high. Even though he had passed out, his body continued to struggle against attempts to intubate him and place him on a ventilator.
Felix Khusid, RRT-NPS, RPFT, director of respiratory care, recalls, “Even once Mr. Grant was on the ventilator, his case was still very complicated. The severity of his asthma attack required constant monitoring and adjustment of the ventilator, but fortunately, NYM has state-of-the-art ventilation services and technologies that many
hospitals in the tristate area just do not have. We were able to finely calibrate the ventilators to meet Mr. Grant’s needs.”
“I was impressed by how attentive and professional the NYM staff was,” says Mr. Grant. “We live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and there are other hospitals that are closer
to our home, but we chose New York Methodist. Both of my children were born at NYM, and this is the Hospital that we recommend to our family and friends.”
Read more about Alphonzo Grant in the 2010 NYM Annual Report.