When is a DVT, or deep-vein thrombosis, more dangerous to an ambulance crew than it is to the patient who's had one? Consider the following conversation:
Medic: "Does your husband have any medical conditions?"
WifeOfPatient: "Yes, he's diabetic and has high blood pressure."
Medic: "Any medications?"
WOP: "Oh, lots, I'll show you the list." A list is promptly produced. On there, alongside medications for the ailments already mentioned, is warfarin.
Medic: "Why is he on warfarin?"
WOP: "Oh, that's to thin the blood."
Medic: "Yes, well we know that bit. But why does he need his blood thinned?"
WOP: "Oh, he's got that thing, you know, the thing that's like a video or television thing."
Medic: "Pardon? What's TV got to do with blood thinners?"
WOP: "You know, that new-fangled thing they use to watch films now!"
Medic: "Nope. Still confused."
WOP: "Oh! I remember now. It's that thing in his leg. A DVD! Told you it was like a telly..."
Just so you know, it's a little difficult to treat your patient when you and your crew mate are having fits of the giggles...