When it comes to designing patient restrooms, professional architects must take every single inch of the structure’s space into consideration and think about how the layout will affect the patients and healthcare providers within. This can be especially challenging in healthcare environments where there are significant amounts of supplies, equipment and various user needs that need to be incorporated into the design of a space. Beyond just fitting everything in, there are also many healthcare specific standards and design guidelines to be followed to ensure that the essential function of that space type is reflected its design. By the time it gets down to putting a door on the bathroom, many spatial and functional constraints have already presented challenges, and there may simply be little room left to optimize the design of the patient restroom.
In the past, patient restrooms have often failed to meet the expectations of facility owners. Restrooms have to balance patient safety, accessibility for patients and providers, a wet environment and cleanability before aesthetics of efficiency is even taken into consideration. For several years, AD Systems has provided architects with a cost-effective and easy sliding door solution that instantly helps to make patient restrooms more space efficient and accessible, while ensuring that patient privacy is respected. The sliding door systems offered by AD Systems are manufactured with each of these aspects specifically in mind.
Safety is the number one priority of any healthcare facility, and the installation of sliding doors on patient restrooms is meant to help in that regard. AD Systems sliding doors offer a top-hung design that eliminates any floor tracks that could cause trip hazards or be harbors for bacteria or mold. Soft closures, standard on all AD Systems doors, are a significant safety feature that prevents doors slams and pinched fingers. The aluminum wrap extrusion frame is designed to protect the wall construction and be easy to clean. Hardware is designed to meet ADA so that users of all abilities are able to operate the doors easily.
Space is always a critical factor when designing for the commercial market. In patient restrooms, space is important for many reasons. First, there must be an adequate amount of room for a patient to get through the door along with a medically-assistive device without any problem. This generally means a wide clear opening is required and favors the use of sliding doors as large swing doors get very heavy Second, patient restrooms already tend to be on the smaller side, making it difficult for patients to move around when a door has to be swung open to enter and exit. Sliding doors literally remove that obstacle from the space. Finally, the clearances for approaching swing doors can often create major issues with regards to bathroom layout in small spaces.
Some may not consider style to be a necessary feature of patient restroom doors, however, whether or not a medical environment is appealing to a patient can actually have an impact on their perceptions of the facility. Incorporating stylish (i.e. less institutional) sliding door systems into the layout of any doctor office, hospital, or clinic shows patients that the facility cares about how they are represented and likely puts that same effort into properly caring for their patients as well.
AD Systems Patient Restrooms
AD Systems offers a wide range of sliding door and hardware products to ensure architects are able to give their healthcare clients exactly what they’re looking for in the design of patient restrooms.