When a building is being designed, there are obviously a lot of items that need to be addressed, but something that can’t be forgotten is how those elements will function for the people who will eventually use them. User centered design is probably most important for a medical facility. All of the people who use a hospital or clinic – patients, staff, and visitors – each have their own unique needs, and building design have to address all of them. For example, the right type of doors can go a very long way to providing a more comfortable and efficient environment for all stakeholders and good design can avoid many pitfalls that can be costly and lead to less than ideal functionality in critical medical spaces
In a medical setting, a lot of personal information is regularly shared. In addition to things related to health, details regarding insurance and payments are also discussed. The people providing this want to be sure that it stays private and are required to do so; a sliding door by AD Systems means there is no compromise in the decision to use such a design. When their sliding hospital door are closed, most ambient sound is blocked, assuring normal speech privacy so that those inside will be confident that their conversations will remain private and also so that they will not be disrupted by what is taking place outside of their exam or hospital room.
Enhanced ease of access
Hospitals have to be prepared for a variety of different people, including those with disabilities. The facility must conform to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Sliding doors create often a larger opening than swinging doors (due to the obstructions caused by the door swing and maximum loading for hinges), which means that someone using a wheelchair or walker or other assistive device may have easier access. With Examslide, there is no obstruction on the floor either, as AD Systems’ sliding doors are suspended from an overhead track. Another benefit of a wider opening is that it makes life easier for healthcare providers who have to bring beds and medical equipment in and out of rooms.
Better use of space
Rooms with swinging doors do not have a lot of choices when it comes to layout. Because the area affected by the door has to remain clear, this can really hamstring where furniture is placed. This is not an issue with a sliding door. So much more of the space can now be utilized, (up to 30 square feet per doorway when approach clearances are considered), and whether it is a doctor’s office or patient room, this allows much more opportunity to improve productivity, efficiency, and comfort.
Sliding doors are an excellent way to improve the functionality of a hospital, but they also can have a positive effect on its design. Swinging doors have been used since the first building was constructed; they may still serve a purpose but they do very little for décor. Sliding doors, however, are new, and they add a modern touch to even an older building. While patients and staff may not pay a lot of attention to this detail, visitors almost certainly will, and they will appreciate this subtle but impactful element that can contribute to a less institutional look and feel.
AD Systems has the right sliding hospital door for any project
Designing a medical facility has its challenges, as both form and function need to be addressed equally. To meet this challenge head on, AD Systems has created sliding doors that greatly enhance appearance and usage, which is why these doors can be found in leading hospitals and clinics nationwide.