In 2018, the Joint Center at Johnston Health Smithfield added a Tran-Sit Car Simulator to its inpatient rehab room. The simulator enables patients who have had joint replacement surgery to practice getting in and out of a car.
Christy Collins, nurse manager of the surgical/joint center, says the simulator has been a great asset to the rehabilitation process for more than 150 patients in 2019.
"Every patient that has a total joint procedure uses the car simulator. The patients love the simulator and it takes away their anxiety of how they are going to maneuver getting in and out of the car once they are discharged," Christy says. "That is the biggest difference that we have noticed. The patients feel much more safe regarding discharge."
This initiative was made possible by contributions of the Johnston Health Foundation's General Fund, Deacon Jones Auto Group and Young's Auto Center and Salvage.