Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lalataw

I saw this in a hospital chart note this morning:










No, I have no idea what it means.

I've never heard of Lalataw. And I don't know why someone would, or wouldn't, want to be active in it.

Or what it has to to do with a stable guy admitted for a headache, anyway.

38 comments:

drtobe said...

a friend helped me out, coz I couldn't figure it out: active inhalation (really? wheres the o?)
anyway - with all those posts, when I get to the hospital - im going to write in all CAPS ALL THE TIME!

Anonymous said...

No active inhalations.

Mrs J said...

Even with what I think it meant to say:
0 active inhalation
It doesn't make sense. Maybe someone has a better guess. This bothers me, how many patients have suffered incorrect treatment because the order wasn't legible.

Kate said...

No active inhalation?

Anonymous said...

How about "no active inhalation"

Anonymous said...

0 Active Inhalations?

Grumpy, M.D. said...

I thought of that, too, except it doesn't correlate with anything going on with him.

bluetoothbuddha said...

I will jump on the bandwagon as well, with "No active inhalations."

Then again, maybe he meant -- and this is especially scary if all the patient had was a headache -- "No active interventions."

Not in La-La Town, anyway.

Anonymous said...

I have no medical background ... no active inhalation, to me, says he's not breathing!

Officer Cynical said...

"Not active in Lala Town" - i.e., he's on bedrest in Los Angeles.

Anonymous said...

No Active in(crease)in Alat...something..&w? (<Alat&w) whatever Alat is! Is the L a < sign?!The 'a' almost like a shorthand for with/which/who or even be/by/been, if my terrible school shorthand memory serves me correct!?! Or does he really just mean 'lala town'? They write in excellent hieroglyphics or secretarial shorthand ?! Anyways, let us know if you find out - great sleuth puzzle post!:-)

Lisa said...

I don't know what it is, but it has a facebook page.id-id.facebook.com/public/lala-taw

Packer said...

VEGAN

Anonymous said...

So maybe he smokes but doesn't actively inhale? Only passive smoke for him.

amy said...

The person who wrote this was watching and then inspired by "Arrested Development", which has a lawyer on it named "Bob Loblaw".

OldRPh said...

Hey Dr G. Come work in the pharmacy with me for a day - you'll have enough bad doctor's handwritting material to last for at least the next few months.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps het meant Lalaland = sleepwalker -> lack of sleep -> headache?

Lynne said...

And here I was thinking lactation ;)

PJ Geraghty said...

I read it as "no active inhalation" which would be an odd but technically correct description of someone who is apneic as part of a brain death exam. But Dr. Grumpy says that's inconsistent with this patient's condition, so maybe not.

As one who reviews hospital records quite frequently, things like this make me love EMRs.

Anonymous said...

Is the patient a lawyer? "Not active in law at all" written by a very sleepy, dyslexic resident.

bobbie said...

Hospitalized for a HA?!?!?! Waz up wid dat???

wellillbe said...

I thought it meant o activity in lala town as in guy cant sleep lol

Ivan Ilyich said...

Ask a Filipina nurse.

WordyGirl said...

So I guess since it's a guy lactation is out too . . .

The Lalataw Chamber of Commerce said...

Okay, so some of you big city folks might find our little town to be a bit too sleepy for your taste, but the folks here are friendly and it's a great place to raise your children.

The Society for Lalataw Awareness said...

This is a terrible situation indeed. It must be rectified immediately, lest Grumpyville and all its inhabitants be consumed in flames and lava and earthquakes and lightning and hydrofluoric acid and antimatter when the great god Lalataw manifests Himself on earth. Save yourselves while you still can.

HueyDoc said...

" No Active Inhalation"-
Obviously the patient is none other than Bill " I didn't Inhale" Clinton.

Anonymous said...

nicotine patch?

Anonymous said...

Has not inhaled his Activo [notebook]?

MDaisy said...

No active lactation?

No active intubation?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Aeris said...

You obviously never had a severe migraine.

Peter B said...

An accurate note that belongs in somebody else's chart?

evitafjord said...

Maybe he used to huff paint, but now he has no active inhalations.

BTW, the Google images for "huffing paint" are priceless.

Dr. J said...

Almost certainly 'no active inhalation' meaning that whoever wrote it doesn't think it is a carbon monoxide case.

thethingspatientssay said...

If they were on a ventilator, I'd assume that meant they weren't breathing over the vent, that the machine was donig all the work for them. If not on a vent, well then I'd call a coroner.

RSDS said...

I think evitafjord (June 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM) got it right:

"Maybe he used to huff paint, but now he has no active inhalations."

Besides huffing paint, could also refer to sniffing glue, (or other toxic substances) any of which could trigger a migraine; such as diesel fumes; strong perfume, etc.

Linn said...

No active Lalaland...obviously passed their mental health test! Yippeeeeee!!!

Border Collie Mom said...

Active inla(w) in tow. I'd say the poor guy's mother-in-law is a problem....

 
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