Architects, designers, and planners need to take into account the approximately 20% of Americans who have a disability. When designing medical facilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. Design or barriers that may restrict ingress, egress, and any other movement within medical faculties have to be addressed. Having ADA-compliant exam room doors is one way to ensure accessibility for the disabled.
Guidelines for medical facilities require examination rooms to provide accessibility to patients using mobility devices such as wheelchairs and walkers. With these guidelines, patients with disabilities are accommodated with:
- an accessible route to and through the exam room – Spaces should connect to other accessible public and common use spaces. The area outside and inside of the door should be kept free of any items that restrict or interfere with movement.
- an entry door with adequate width and maneuvering clearance – An accessible doorway must have a minimum of 32 inches of clear opening between the door face and the opposite stop when opened 90 degrees. This allows access for wheelchairs or other mobility devices. No more than 5 pounds of force should be required to open manually operated doors. A minimum of 18 inches of pull space should be available on the wall by the side of the door.
- accessible hardware – Guidelines require door hardware to avoid the need for tight twisting, pinching, or grasping. Automatic or push button doors are best for providing access but alternately, lever or U-shaped handles that do not require simultaneous hand and finger movement meet guidelines.
AD Systems is a leader in ADA-compliant exam room doors providing sliding and barn doors Not only do these doors meet requirements of hospitals and clinics, they also offer several additional features:
- Space saving – The sliding exam doors recover 25-30 square feet of floor space lost to swinging doors.
- Acoustical qualities – Acoustical seals can protect privacy of patients.
- Soft close system – This feature prevents noisy slamming and also ensures protection for all users from having their fingers pinched. A heavy duty roller system promotes easy, smooth and lightweight operation
- ADA self-latching mortise with thumb-turn and egress handle is another of many options.
- Magnetic locks provide easy integration with key card access control.
- Key locks are an option in areas where they are the best solution.
Sliding exam room doors add to the appearance of the space with easy to maintain, modern-looking frames. Top hung barn doors also aid in easy operation and without an exposed bottom track, ingress and egress are not impeded. A variety of finishes are available to accommodate the design and décor of your medical facility. Whether you need exam doors in wood, glass, laminate, lead shielding or glazing, AD Systems offers superior quality doors. Some of the hardware options include:
- ADA thumb-turn locks with an occupancy indicator
- ADA self-latching mortise with thumb-turn and egress handle
- Magnetic locks for easy integration with key card access control
- Key locks for places in which they are the best solution.
Exam room doors set the tone for a patient’s experience. AD Systems offers high-quality solutions with customized exam doors for your client’s needs. A variety of practical options are available to complete your medical facility project, including sliding doors, barn doors, and ADA compliant hardware. Contact AD Systems to learn more about the options and configurations available for medical spaces.