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Etymology: L, locus, place, atus, process
a specific place in the memory of a computer where a unit of information is stored.


As used in UK healthcare, any site where events pertinent to the NHS occur.

Hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries, clinics, NHS board offices, nursing homes and schools. Each location has a 5-character “institution code”.


Public health Any unanticipated event that requires urgent response, bringing people and/or property out of harm's way in order to minimize loss of life or destruction of property; disasters are described by certain parameters Vox populi A cataclysmic event in which there is a loss of multiple lives and/or major property damage. See Climatologic disaster, Geological disaster, Man-made disaster, Natural disaster, Tsunami.
Disaster classifications
Nature, ie either
1. Natural, geophysical–eg earthquakes, volcanoes or weather-related–eg floods, hurricanes.
2. Man-made–transportation-related, structural collapse, war, hazardous materials, explosions, fires
Location Single site–eg explosion or multiple sites–eg hurricanes
Predictability Regular–eg hurricane season or sporadic–eg toxic spill
Onset Gradual–eg armed conflict or abrupt–eg accident
Duration Brief–eg natural disaster or extended–eg armed conflict
Frequency Often–eg flood, or rare–eg fire


a characteristic of data, for example those indicating central tendency, such as median, mean, mode.

Patient discussion about location

Q. I located a lump on the surface of my right underarm. I think I am showing some signs of breast cancer. I am 27 years old working lady. I think I am showing some signs of breast cancer. I located a lump on the surface of my right underarm. This lump is of a cherry size and does not pain at all. But I do have pain in my breast. I had my mammogram done which showed no lump and my doctor says that there is nothing to worry and she has given me some medicines. I want to know that if everything is normal then how come these lumps came.

A. there are ways to diagnose if lumps are breast cancer or not. a lump under the forearm can be a sign of an advanced stage of cancer, but it can also mean some kind of viral infection that caused a lymph node to swell up. so if a doctor told you it's fine- he probably checked it out, and it's fine. if you still anxious - go get a second opinion.

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On the non-traditional front, the Subway chain now has more than 4,500 locations, including 3,200 franchises in convenience stores, truck stops and travel centers and 200 on college and university campuses around the world.
For others, it means positioning their locations near public transportation.
Date May 18-23, 2003 Location Camp Ondessonk Ozark, IL Contact Keith Brennan 618-695-2489 camp@midwest.
Letter Ruling 200026025 emphasizes the differences between "temporary" and "regular" work locations, based on breaks in service and the frequency of the work location.
If employment at a work location is realistically expected to last for one year or less, the employment is temporary (in the absence of facts and circumstances indicating otherwise).
Location YMCA Camp Kern, Red Oak Camp, Camp Wanake, Camp Christopher Cincinnati, Kirtland, Beach City, Bath, OH
In Walker, the taxpayer was a self-employed logger who used his residence as his "regular place of business"; his various job sites were "temporary work locations," according to the Tax Court.