Every building designated as a workplace has its own distinct requirements. These could depend on the kind of work being done, the equipment used, and a variety of other factors. Medical facilities are no exception and demand very specific attention to movement of people and equipment throughout the space as well as efficient use of space given the amount of important elements that must be incorporated into the facilities. Here are a few critical elements of consideration in healthcare facility design:
From a small clinic to a large hospital, medical facilities are usually busy places. In addition to the patients coming in and out, there are also all of the medical personnel and other employees to think about, along with the patients, visitors, vendors and others. A healthcare facility design has to allow for enough space to accommodate all of these people and allow them to interact with the facility as efficiently as possible. The hallways need to be wide enough and the exam rooms have to be able to fit all of the furniture, equipment, plumbing, and anything else that is necessary.
The choice of doors to be used in a healthcare facility can make a big difference in available floor space. Sliding doors are great space savers and allow much more of a room to be used. The space normally allowed for a swinging door to open, can now be used for furniture or equipment. Space in any facility is at a premium, but with considering how many people and provisions need to be accommodated in a medical facility, space savings there are at a premium.
All businesses are obligated to comply with the rules set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and this of course goes without saying for a healthcare facility where it is expected many occupants will have limited physical abilities.
AD systems has developed a range of sliding doors that meet ADA requirements for hardware, opening clearance and operation. Their sliding doors are also top-hung, which means there are no tracks in the floor to hinder those with crutches or using wheelchairs.
Everyone wants – and deserves – to have privacy when they are in any sort of business setting. This is especially true with healthcare. When a patient speaks with a doctor, he or she should not have to worry if their conversation is being overheard by other occupants. Privacy and confidentiality have to be a top priority when it comes to healthcare facility design.
AD Systems’ doors are designed and engineered to offer various levels of privacy, depending upon the needs of each area. Features such as integral blinds can be incorporated into glass doors to enhance visual privacy options. The sliding path of the door means it is often easier to incorporate a privacy curtain into a room than is the case with swing door design.
Medical facilities can be quite noisy. With people constantly flowing in and out and rushing around, noise can be a big problem, which is bad for patients trying to rest. Sleep is a natural healer, and when someone can’t get as much of it as he or she needs, there can be detrimental consequences.
Using the sliding doors engineered by AD Systems is an excellent method of providing sound-proof barriers.
It is difficult to deal with the various combinations of these aspects when designing healthcare facilities, but many of the requirements can be addressed by utilizing the high-quality doors that AD Systems consistently delivers.
AD Systems Healthcare Facility Design
When it comes to healthcare facility design, sliding doors can be an important design feature. AD Systems offers a full line of medical sliding doors that, in addition to their performance, look great and come in a variety of styles, colors, and designs.