When thinking about the design and construction of a hospital, outpatient clinic, medical office building (MOB) or other similar facility, many elements have to be considered. Though they may not be given a lot of attention, doors play a pivotal role in how a medical building operates. And this is why not just any doors should be used. In order to find the right ones, a certain amount of work and research should be done. And even though each individual facility has its own distinct needs and requirements, when it comes to their medical doors, these four areas have to be kept in mind:
The durability of doors is essential for any business, but particularly one in the medical industry. Medical doors are used constantly throughout each day, with people constantly going in and out of rooms. And this includes more than just patient rooms. Hospitals and other types of medical facilities are very busy places, and there is almost always a steady stream of personnel and equipment going in and out of offices, treatment rooms, supply closets, and any other area that needs to be accessed. This is why it is crucial that medical doors are able to stand up to all of the wear and tear and still function as they should.
Sound Control and Privacy
Not only are medical facilities busy places, they can also be noisy places. A constant flow of people talking, walking, and moving equipment can make for a loud environment. With confidential information being discussed inside patients’ rooms and in the provider spaces of medical offices, it is also important to prevent these conversations from being heard outside the room in order to preserve patient privacy.
Every business needs to be familiar with the rules and regulations associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and medical care facilities in particular are cognizant of accessibility requirements. In order for doors to be compliant, everyone, regardless of ability level, needs to be able to easily open and close them and get through the doorway. Hardware must meet accessibility requirements and approach clearances must be maintained, a demanding task when considering all the required furnishings, casework, technology and equipment that must be used in medical facilities.
Appearance & Medical Doors
While for the most part medical doors are meant to be functional, that does not mean they can’t also enhance the appearance of the area. Many new and modern hospitals are beginning to abandon old and out-dated beliefs about what a medical facility has to look like. They are deciding that a hospital can be a professional environment and at the same time be visually appealing. One of the ways this is happening, is through the use of new and different types of medical doors.
For almost a decade, AD Systems has been designing doors that are ideally suited for hospitals, clinics, and other medical buildings. These medical doors are strong and durable, they provide excellent sound control, and they are ADA compliant. In addition, they look great and will go a long way to adding a unique element to any architectural style or décor. There are a myriad of options available for these medical doors, so finishes, hardware and functional accessories will fit any facility’s needs.