When a medical facility is being designed or redesigned, there are some important areas that have to be given top priority. The building has to be cost-effective for the owners and it also needs to be set up to provide the best care to patients. Functional and high use building design elements have to be given careful attention to ensure they will perform as needed and are contributing to an efficient patient care delivery environment. For example, there are certain doors that are superior to others. While many hospitals are still constructed with traditional swinging doors, others are seeing the advantages of sliding doors in certain areas, particularly exam rooms, treatment rooms, acute care settings and patient toilet rooms. There are several benefits of sliding hospital doors, and they can best be summed up with these three S’s:
In any sort of business, space is highly valued, and this is probably especially true in a medical environment. Because building costs are generally very high, it is important for every room to be utilized to its fullest. Sliding hospital doors do not ever impede on the space within an exam, patient or toilet room. As a result, this leaves significantly more square footage available to be used for furniture, equipment, or any other necessities that is typically seen with swing doors. Sliding hospital doors are especially good in bariatric settings or when things have to be brought in for treatments or procedures that necessitate a very large clear opening for the door.
Quiet is a vital component of any medical facility, but achieving it can be difficult. It has traditionally been thought that sliding doors were not capable of the acoustic performance levels needed in hospital or other healthcare settings, but AD Systems has made tremendous improvements in the acoustic isolation properties of their system. Perimeter gaps have been closed with their innovative frame design and the option for an automatic drop seal further enhances the acoustic performance. Thanks to this acoustic mitigation, people who need to rest peacefully before or after a treatment or surgery will not be disturbed by any outside noise. In addition, both patients and medical staff will feel confident that private conversations will not be overheard.
Another excellent benefit of AD Systems; use for sliding hospital doors is that they can’t be slammed shut. Their designs ensure that they will close softly, which is important for a number of reasons. Soft closers guard against finger or hand pinches and protect against slamming. Also, this soft closure feature is another way the hospital doors reduce noise. If a patient is sleeping, a visitor or medical staff member can come in and leave and hardly make a noise with the door. Plus, because the sliding hospital doors use a smooth roller system, they are virtually silent when being opened or closed.
AD Systems’ Hospital Doors
AD Systems designs sliding doors that will immediately improve a number of areas within a hospital. Not only are they functional, they come in a variety of styles, colors, and hardware options, which will enhance the visual appeal of the space. Consult with our team to see if our sliding door solutions are appropriate for the requirements of your healthcare space.