New driving simulator to help patients with variety of needs

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A brand new way to practice driving, entering and exiting a vehicle is now available at Manhattan’s Ascension Via Christi Therapy Center.

This week therapists at Ascension Via Christi Therapy Center have received training on how to use their new driving simulator, called STISIM.

The STISIM driving simulator comes equipped with a door and door frame to mimic what you could experience in with entering and exiting a vehicle.

The simulator can also be used to assess patients who are recovering from strokes, hip and knee injuries, with re-learning how to enter and exit vehicles, as well as test their reaction times with driving simulations.

This new simulator currently has 90 different scenarios programmed for use with patients.

“So this simulator allows us the opportunity to assess somebody’s ability without having to take them outside into seven degree weather or ninety-seven degree weather.” Ascension Via Christi Hospital of Manhattan, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Brian Howells says.

Howells says they plan to open use of the simulator to their out-patient clinics as well, and in the future they hope to add programs to serve the community as well.