When you’re designing a medical facility, everything counts. No detail is too small to consider, no potential problem acceptable to overlook. Even the structure and design of the doors — one of the simplest and frequently deployed technologies — have to be considered in terms of their value for patient outcomes and cost savings. For this reason, the simple hospital door has come a long way in terms of how its technology has evolved in recent years. Traditional swinging doors are on their way out in many new medical facilities, particularly outpatient environments, and sliding doors are starting to become the future, led by AD Systems’ revolutionary ExamSlide barn-style sliding door.
The Changing Face of the Hospital Door
In questions of medical facility design, the status quo on doors remained unchallenged for years. Architects and designers seldom deviated from the standard swinging door. Sliding and pocket doors were considered too unreliable, un-cleanable and sometimes simply too radical to be used in hospital design. The hospital door refused to evolve, even as the medical field changed around it.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and it seems that the sliding door’s time has come. As the medical field grows exponentially and issues of space conservation and (especially) patient privacy have come to the forefront of medical institution design, professionals the world over have come to recognize the value that sliding door systems can provide for hospitals and clinics.
How the ExamSlide Set the New Standard
Mechanically, the ExamSlide solves many of the primary issues with trying to replace the traditional swinging hospital door with a sliding option. Exposed floor tracks can present a challenge for patients using wheelchairs and walkers, and the weight of sliding doors can make them difficult to open. All of AD Systems’ doors are top-hung with no exposed floor track and use high-quality, heavy-duty rollers, and their Soft Close technology means that all of their doors close softly, reducing the risk of pinched fingers and slams that cause maintenance issues.
In addition, HIPAA privacy standards and an increased prevalence of lawsuits relating to them have forced hospitals and clinics to rededicate themselves to prioritizing the preservation of patient privacy. Controlling sound transmission in medical facilities is more critical now than it has ever been, and AD Systems’ doors have aimed to leaders in sliding door performance. The ExamSlide was the first sliding door designed to use acoustic mitigation seals on all sides of the door, including the door bottom.
The features of the ExamSlide add up to a superior option for many hospital and clinic design plans. A swinging door can require over thirty square feet of floor space to open and close completely and provide clear access. Sliding doors vastly reduce the footprint of doors and increase foot traffic room while protecting privacy and preventing the loud and distracting noises that can make their way around barn door designs that do not offer AD Systems’ tested performance and unique design
The ExamSlide hospital door has proved itself as an elegant and easy to integrate sliding doors for several large medical institutions. Utah’s Mountain View Hospital and Washington’s Puyallup Group Health Cooperative are just two of many facilities that have experienced outstanding success with their integration of ExamSlide doors into their new floor plans. In the next decade, AD Systems expects to see a large increase in institutions adopting their sliding hospital door technology as the healthcare field continues to expand and questions of privacy and efficiency become more pertinent than ever before.
To open the door to the future of medical facility design, set up an appointment or conference using AD Systems’ contact information available here. For architects and designers who would like CAD/REVIT data on AD Systems’ ExamSlide hospital door, a request form is available here.