Hinsdale – A particularly virulent form of pneumonia nearly killed Christina Colon – until a new ventilator at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital provided the support she needed.
“It wasn’t looking good for me until a respiratory therapist switched me to this new machine,” said the 34-year-old Downers Grove resident. “That’s when I started breathing better.”
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is the first hospital in Illinois to use the device, a G5 Hamilton intensive care unit ventilator. Designed to be simpler for the user and safer for the patient, its unique features continually protect patients’ lungs while they are on the ventilator.
“The machine self-adjusts according to the individual patient’s needs,” said Michael Beechler, Colon’s respiratory therapist. “It’s better for the patient because it can ventilate without damaging the lungs.”
In Colon’s case, this new adaptive support mode protected Colon’s lungs by finding her optimal positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP), a measurement that allowed caregivers to reduce unnecessary pressure into her lungs.
Colon’s trouble began last year when she developed hand discomfort that was initially diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome and then arthritis. By July, Colon was taking antibiotics for pneumonia, but soon began experiencing back pain and passing brown urine. When Colon started coughing up blood, she went to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s emergency department.
Testing showed Colon was actually battling Wegener’s granulomatosis, an incurable and often fatal disorder that attacks major organs, such as the ears, eyes, lungs and kidneys.
Treatment is lifelong; Colon is currently seeing a nephrologist and pulmonologist along with her primary care physician. Nevertheless, Colon is extremely thankful for the excellent care she received at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, which initiated the road to her recovery.
“The nurses were very helpful; the doctors were informative; and Michael came in every day to check on my breathing and to answer my questions,” Colon said.
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