D.C. General Hospital officials are asking for help in identifying a man brought to their emergency room a week ago by friends who left without telling doctors the man's name. The man, who suffered a cardiac arrest, is comatose and not expected to live.

"We want to notify the next of kin," said Ann Mitchell, a hospital spokeswoman.

Mitchell said the man, who suffers from an asthmatic condition, may be from New York City. She said the friends who brought the man to the hospital Nov. 23 told emergency room personnel he had used a medication for asthma but it failed to work.

Mitchell said the unidentified man, who is black, is between 18 and 22 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. She said he was wearing a T-shirt that said "Sports Arena Limited 1955" and red jeans covered by black sweatpants.

Mitchell said officials think the man's name may be Dave Jones because they found a bottle of asthma medication prescribed in that name in his possession. They also found papers indicating he might have received treatment for an acute asthma attack recently at a New York City hospital. Mitchell said officials at the hospital provided an address, but police found no one there.

"One of the friends who brought the man in returned to see how he was doing," Mitchell said. "But when a nurse questioned him as to who to contact, the man ran from the hospital."

Anyone who can identify the man should call 675-5000.