Architects and designers have their job cut out for them, when it comes to projects that involve medical exam room design. Though very rewarding, working on any kind of layout for the healthcare industry is generally complex, requiring compliance with the strictest of guidelines. This means no design detail can go ignored or be pushed off to be considered as an afterthought. Every element serves its own purpose, but one component that is especially instrumental in the arrangement of an exam room is the door. Interior doors play a significant role in the overall functionality, comfort, and appeal of medical exam rooms.
Medical Exam Room Design
The sliding barn door systems provided by AD Systems have a number of attributes that make them an attractive option for medical exam room design. Architects and designers have been incorporating the company’s product line into their plans for outpatient clinics, exam rooms, free standing ER departments (FSED), Medical Office Buildings (MOBs) and patient toilet rooms based on their proven performance on healthcare projects.
Maximum Usage of Square Footage
Architects and designers know that space is a valuable commodity in any type of building. In medical exam room design, the more space that is available to use for furnishings, carework, technology and occupants, the more efficient and comfortable the layout can be. Traditional hinged doors take up an average of nine square feet just so they have room to swing open and shut. That accounts for quite a bit of empty, wasted floor space that could be better utilized in other ways, especially when the additional space of clearances in taken into consideration. When it comes to maximizing the usage of square footage available in exam rooms, sliding barn door systems are the perfect solution. Since they are top-hung from a track and slide from side to side, they leave the floor space around them free to be utilized however the medical facility sees fit. They do not swing into the opening so there is more space for clearances and the positioning of seating, exam tables or other necessary furnishings.
High Acoustical Performance For the Utmost Privacy
With increasing concern over the level of privacy patients are receiving in healthcare facilities, the regulations are being stepped up to make certain there are no breaches of patient confidentiality. Fortunately, architects and designers can rely on the sliding door systems supplied by AD Systems to have been designed with acoustics in mind. These sturdy doors are hung with a solid wrap-around frame and gaskets that work to close up any gaps there could be around the perimeter, resulting in high levels of acoustical performance. The option to add acoustic bottom seals further ensures that noise insulation doesn’t have to be a worry. This will give patients and healthcare personnel peace of mind that all conversations are kept private and not able to escape through a door that has insufficient acoustic seals.
As sliding door systems continue to prove advantageous over traditional swinging doors in the commercial market in terms of space efficiency, it will become increasingly common for many architects and designers to decide to integrate them into their medical exam room design projects. With this single detail, healthcare facilities can raise the level of care they provide their patients and work more effectively, all while saving on cost by utilizing more floor space. Using less square footage for door openings adds to the usable square footage of the facility. AD Systems is the industry’s go-to source for quality products and expert knowledge in all things related to interior sliding door systems.