The healthcare industry is continually evolving its approach to the treatment of patients in acute care settings. These facilities are focused on finding better ways to create environments that promote comfort and quick recovery times. It requires a careful balance of technological innovation to meet the modern design needs of acute care settings. When done right, these construction projects can help save lives. This is why it’s crucial for architects and designers to utilize nothing less than top-of-the-line products in their layout plans. Acute care doors are a particularly important element to consider, as they significantly impact the functionality and efficiency of facility designs.
Installing the right acute care doors will provide the following benefits:
Effective communication involving medical professionals, patients, and families, is a critical component of acute care settings. Good communication can improve staff performance, help to reduce patient anxiety, and accelerate the healing process. Thoughtful architectural planning and interior design play a large role in developing environments that encourage higher levels of interaction. However, despite the need for adequate communication, facilities must also maintain an appropriate degree of patient privacy. This is to satisfy the confidentiality wishes of patients and families, as well as meet current HIPPA guidelines.
In turn, sliding acute care doors offer the ideal solution. They allow healthcare staff to support the need for privacy with closed doors while upholding visual communication through specialized glazing, glass panels, or integral blinds. Medical teams are able to monitor the condition of their patients when necessary without causing a disturbance.
Increased Square Footage
Long-term stays in acute care facilities call for more comfortable patient rooms. In an effort to keep construction costs low, architects and designers often have to work with smaller room layouts, which can quickly become cramped. When sliding acute care doors are installed instead of traditional swing doors, this issue is easily resolved. Facilities are able to get the most out of the square footage they have available without having to expand on space. Sliding door systems eliminate the dead area (up to 30 square feet per doorway) that must be left open for swing doors to open and close, making it possible to comfortably fit all the support equipment a patient needs for their recovery into their room. In addition, there is more space to accommodate visiting family members and medical equipment. Often times there is a requirement that doors breakaway in acute care environments such as ICU or CCU, but many acute care environments simply require a large clear opening. AD Systems can offer sliding door options for up to 6’0″ clear openings (without breakaway) that are smoke rated and can satisfy requirements for many acute care restrooms and other doors.
Noise is another feature of acute care designs that directly influences patient care and recovery. Studies consistently show that patients are able to heal much faster in environments that foster good acoustic performance. This is why it’s imperative that architects and designers choose acute care doors that have a high STC rating, proving their ability to block loud noises from entering patient rooms. Sufficient sound isolation gives patients the peace and quiet they need to recuperate from illnesses and surgery.
AD Systems Provides the Highest Quality Acute Care Doors
In the commercial market, AD Systems stands out as a top supplier option of acute care doors. Their state-of-the-art sliding door systems are the perfect addition to any medical construction job. Their team of professionals is a detail-oriented partner that architects, designers, and facility managers can count on to help them find the most suitable products to complement the specifications of each unique project.