The design and construction of a hospital requires there to be meticulous attention paid to every detail and a strict adherence to the guidelines that govern medical construction. A hospital’s architecture directly affects the comfort level of patients and the effectiveness of healthcare providers, and architects are always tasked with refining and improving quality healthcare design that accommodates a wide range of users, from medical professionals to patients to visitors and vendors. This means that the function of each design element, including hospital doors, should be taken into careful consideration.
With all of the effort that has been put into manufacturing doors specifically with the medical industry in mind, there is no longer an excuse for hospitals to have anything less that well design, highly functional doors installed. As a leading supplier of sliding door systems for the healthcare market, AD Systems understands exactly what kind of products architects need to present to their clients and to satisfy the code and operational requirements of their unique spaces. AD Systems’ designers and engineers are always working collaboratively with architects on product innovations to meet new project challenges, and they have found that the following features should be incorporated into each hospital door installation.
Many areas within hospitals require breakaway doors in the event patient beds need to be moved in an emergency or due to the occupancy load of the rooms, for areas where breakway is not a requirement (such as exam rooms, toilet rooms, shower rooms or suites within hospital settings), AD systems sliding doors can offer inpatient hospital facilities their high performance product solutions
One of the main concerns in hospitals is that patients are exposed to an excess of loud sounds and a great deal of commotion as they’re trying to recover from illnesses and procedures or when they are waiting to see their physician. For medical staff, distracting background noises can lead to serious errors while on the job and inefficiency as they try to focus on administrative tasks associated with patient care. Hospital doors with good acoustics, like the ones provided by AD Systems, serve to provide a more peaceful, soothing setting where patients can fully recover and employees can think clearly. The sound protection works both ways, since it is also important in maintaining confidentiality when medical discussions are being conducted in exam rooms..
Safety and Accessibility
Safety and Accessibility is another major factor to keep in mind when designing hospital doors. Doors must comply with a range of ADA requirements including hardware operability, clearances, elimination of trip hazards, and other requirements. Beyond the strict prescriptive elements of ADA, other features such as soft closing dampers and auto-closing functionality can make doors much more user friendly by guarding against pinched fingers or reducing the amount of times a patient with reduced physical abilities needs to interact with a door.
Functionality of Hospital Doors
Patient toilet rooms doors or shower room doors in inpatient hospital settings present many challenges for designers. A door of course is an absolutely must, but there is a desire to make the openings larger in today’s facilities that presents a tremendous challenge for a large door swinging into a very small space, particularly when the clearances within a shower or toilet room are considered. A sliding door is in many ways an ideal solution for hospital doors in these locations, particularly one by AD systems that can also offer options for privacy thumbturns, either moderate or high levels of acoustical privacy and a range of finishes including Acrovyn®, opaque glass, markerboards or solid surfaces that are perfectly suited to this type of environment.