New simulator helps SOMC teach rehab patients car transfer skills


SOMC’s Jason Bailey, PTA assists a patient in using the hospital’s new TRAN-SIT car transfer simulator. The simulator helps rehab patients practice getting in and out of a vehicle.

SOMC’s Jason Bailey, PTA assists a patient in using the hospital’s new TRAN-SIT car transfer simulator. The simulator helps rehab patients practice getting in and out of a vehicle.

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s RehabCare Unit has a new tool to help patients perfect the skills they’ll need to live independently.

The TRAN-SIT car transfer simulator allows patients to practice getting in and out of a car, and can be adjusted to accurately replicate a variety of vehicles. It features true-to-life vehicle components like functional doors, a real bench seat, a tilt steering column and a wheelchair loading space.

“Transitioning in and out of a vehicle can be a real challenge for our patients,” Regina Keller, program director/nurse manager of the RehabCare Unit, said. “It’s a tremendous benefit for them to be able to practice this skill as part of their rehabilitation.”

SOMC’s RehabCare Unit offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services and treats diagnoses such as trauma, neurological disorders, stroke, spinal cord injury and orthopedic conditions. For more information about SOMC’s rehabilitation services, visit somc.org/rehab.

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