Accident victims and people who suddenly fall ill are aided by employees of approximately 4,000 private ambulance service companies operating across the U.S., according to First Research. Also standing at attention are 5,815 U.S. hospitals, as reported by the American Hospital Association. Paramedics, who transport, diagnose minor injuries and provide care for a patient en route to the hospital, work in extremely stressful conditions. Show your love and care with a paramedic-themed birthday party.
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The word "AMBULANCE" is backward on the hood of the vehicle so it appears correctly in a vehicle's rearview mirror. The word "ambulance" may be pretty recognisable backward, but you can test party invitees' backward-reading skills by creating a backward invitation. Use a computer to type your paramedic-themed invitations; a word processing program or desktop publishing program allows the ability to flip or rotate text on the page. Create the entire invitation, including information about the date, time, location and theme, then flip the switch--in this case, the text. Include a small note--in regular facing text--with a hint to hold up the invitation to a mirror if invitees can't break the code.
Paramedics don't actually participate in operations on patients they transport, but everyone at your party can "scrub in" when you bring out the game of Operation. The original version of the game was called "Death Valley," but changed to its current name in 1965 featuring the graphic of "Cavity Sam," who sports problems like a charley horse, writer's cramp, butterflies in his stomach and, added in 2004, brain freeze. To play, gamers use small tweezers to remove parts of Cavity Sam's body. If they touch one of the electrified cavity sides, a buzzer sounds and Sam's nose lights up. Players get points for each item removed and the winner is declared when all items are removed. Challenge party guests to test their "operation" skills; even though the game is almost a century old, new versions of it are still being released and sold in toy stores and mass merchandise shops.
Just as paramedics rush people in their care to the hospital, your birthday party guests will be rushing toward the dessert table in anticipation of the traditional birthday party treat--the cake. Make an ambulance-shaped cake to go with the party theme. Bakers of all experience levels can create paramedic-themed cakes. For a new baker, make a traditional rectangle or square cake, frost it with white/vanilla icing, mix up some vanilla icing with red food colouring and add a red cross pattern to the middle of the cake. Another option is to do the six-pronged blue medical star, using blue food colouring, with a bit of yellow food colouring to form the snake and staff in the middle. More experienced dessert aficionados can experiment with designing ambulances and emergency medical personnel uniforms, though the hard decorating work will probably be quickly devoured as guests perform "surgery" to get their slices.
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