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Cardiology verb To insert an anchored device in a fluid-filled lumen—e.g., to float a catheter
Managed care—US noun A pool of money from an HMO’s enrollees to be used to pay for services rendered by physicians and other providers—e.g., hospitals
Medical work noun A skilled responsible person—e.g., house staff officer, resident physician, or supervisory nurse—who ‘floats’ about an institution addressing needs, assuring continuity of care, allowing staff to take breaks, and relieving personnel


Health care staffing A skilled responsible person–eg, house staff officer, resident physician, or supervisory nurse, who 'floats' about an institution addressing needs, assuring continuity of care, allowing staff to take breaks, and relieve personnel. See Night float.

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Q. Hey bipolar people. how are you doing?? I'm floating- guess that's the best way to put it... I'm glad you all are here so I can share with you. I feel like I'm out of a serious accident or after war, not sure who won... not feeling bad anymore, not as lost as before but a bit woozzy... how are you guyss doing today?

A. I am glad you hear you are feeling better today Zorba! Continue to be aware of your moods to ensure they don't swing into a mania. I hope you are able to remain leveled. Thanks for sharing!

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It should be recommended to disseminate health information and ensure health check-ups, especially in the rapid urbanization areas and in the floating population. When the TG concentration is very high (>500mg/dL and especially if >1000mg/dL), the primary goal of therapy is to reduce the triglyceride level to <500 mg/dL for the intent of reducing the risk of pancreatitis [28, 29].
Although the NCDR of leprosy in Wuhan was estimated to be 0.047 to 0.092 cases per 100,000 population, which was far below the average level of China, (9) (0.15 cases per 100,000 population, in 1998), higher NCDR were observed among the floating population (estimated to be 0.25 cases per 100,000) than among the resident population in Wuhan; the majority of 'imported' cases had the onset of symptoms after moving into the city of Wuhan.
Hangzhou has a resident population of 6.2 million, and a floating population of about 2.0 million (of which approximately 1.2 million are men).
During the winter of 1881-1882 Winnipeg was filled to overflowing with a floating population. The hotels were crowded to such an extent that cots were placed at night in the corridors and offices, and many a sleepy individual sat in a billiard room awaiting the closing of "a last game," to claim, with another, the privilege of reposing on the hard slate bed of the billiard table.
As Shanghai grapples with the social challenges of integrating a 'floating population' of rural in-migrants numbering perhaps five million people--the population of greater Milan--it continues to grow at a breathtaking rate in both height and breadth, with nearly 3000 buildings over ten storeys high in a city that had less than 300 only ten years ago.
When the myth was exposed this way, the supposed experts then insisted that there was a serious undercount at the border because of the "floating population." The floating population consists of the transient population, which is definitely a factor in certain kinds of decisions.
These migrants are denoted as a "floating population" because their household registration remains in the rural towns.
One study undertaken in 2000 by l'Unite Centrale de Gestion (UCG) estimated that at any point in time Gonaives has a floating population of at least 30,000 people most of whom while in transit stay with family or friends for several days.
Because this floating population is large, highly mobile, and difficult to control, educating migrant children is becoming a prominent problem.
At this time, the floating population (illegal immigrants) in Beijing grew rapidly; this group found the untouched accumulation of daily life wastes to have considerable money making potential.
Many among Beijing's huge floating population of migrant workers have been faced with the difficult decision of whether to stay in the capital or return to their homes and face lengthy enforced quarantine periods.
The hukou, introduced during the first decade of the People's Republic of China, institutionalizes the denial of basic rights and services to China's so-called floating population of 150 million rural-to-urban migrant laborers.

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