Hospitals and medical facilities are unique places. Although they are businesses, they are very different from other types of commercial environments. Medical facilities have very specific needs, especially where the design and layout are concerned. Because hallways, exam rooms, waiting areas, and many other parts of the building will see a lot of traffic almost on a constant basis, hospitals have to be set up so users of all abilities are comfortable and materials that can withstand high amounts of traffic and impact muse be selected. To make this possible, all building components need to be addressed, and doors are a fundamental concern. As sliding doors are replacing more and more swing doors in medical environments, manufacturers are being asked for solutions that do more to suit the needs of facilities. One such example is that architects are now specifying self-closing sliding doors because they offer numerous benefits, including:
Accessibility for those with special needs
Self-closing designs have proven popular in orthopedic facilities or other types of facilities where users often have more restricted mobility. A self-closing door limits the number of steps a user has to take to ensure privacy within a room. Self-closing devices by AD Systems are anti-slam and auto-stopping, ensuring that they will close gently to prevent against finger pinches while also stopping gently against any people or other obstructions that may be blocking the door’s path.
Sliding doors save space. Swing doors will typicall be required to swing inwards in public spaces so they do not pose a hazard to egress or people in the hallways, resulting in a very large amount of the space of small rooms being taken up by door swing and approach clearance. A self-closing sliding door required much less floor space and aproach, meaning the other space can more effectively be used for workstations, casework, seating or other furnishings.
When shut, self-closing sliding doors by AD Systems are far superior to other sliding doors in terms of sound isolation. Perimeter gaskets and options automatic door bottoms seal the doors tightly to ensure patient privacy. The self-closing feature ensures the door closes fully every time, further enahancing acoustical privacy performance.
Self-closing sliding doors by AD Systems have been used for many clean rooms and other areas where the intent is to limit air transfer from one area to the other. Depending upon the specifications and requirements for the space, a self-closing door with an automatic bottom seal may meet the intent for isolation rooms. Because the self-closing feature is spring pull, no motorized operation is required and an operator does not need to touch the inside surface of the door to ensure it is closed.
Doors in a hospital are used 24 hours a day. Unlike a regular office building where most people are there for about eight hours or so, hospitals are round-the-clock establishments. Self-closing sliding doors are made with this in mind. The operate using a top-hung rack with rollers, so there are no hinges or hardware that can wear out easily. Self-closing sliding doors will work well for many years with little maintenance necessary.
Self Closing Sliding Door Options
AD Systems recognizes the specialized components required by healthcare facilities, and that is why the company makes top-of-the-line, self-closing sliding doors preferred by architects and specifiers.