Monday, April 12, 2010

Loyola Biker Nurse to Offer Crash Course in Motorcycle Safety

Trauma Nurse Specialist Provides Precautions for Motorcycle Season

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Monday through Friday, Teresa McClelland, RN, works as the clinical coordinator at Loyola Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine at Park Ridge. Come the weekend, this Chicago native jumps on her motorcycle and heads out on the highway.

McClelland knows a thing or two about the dangers of motorcycles from her ten years of experience as a trauma nurse specialist and emergency medical services educator. She has taken this knowledge and combined her love for this adrenaline-inducing hobby with her passion for teaching by offering a class called, "A Crash Course for the Motorcylist."

The course is geared toward motorcyclists and scooter riders as well as nurses and emergency medical service specialists. McClelland offers tips for what to do in the first minutes after a motorcycle crash until professional help arrives. She focuses on techniques to prevent further injuries, assess the situation and treat the injured with life-sustaining care through helmet removal and jaw thrust breathing exercises.

The next classes will take place from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on April 17 and 18 at Loyola University Health System, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL, Maguire Center, lecture hall B.


About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.