Healthcare doors play an important role in preventing cross-contamination and maintaining room pressures. They also provide fire and x-ray protection.
When choosing healthcare doors, you can consider things like:
- Isolation room pressure
- Patient privacy
- Handicap access
- Breakout capability for patient transport
- Security options
- Volume and direction of traffic flow
Some features that can help reduce the spread of germs include:
- Laminates that create smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces
- Clean edges that eliminate areas where germs can get trapped
- Automatic doors that reduce the need to touch the door
- The average door width is 36 inches, and the average door height is 80 inches. Rooms in medical facilities are required to be a minimum of 41.5 inches wide.
The most common type of door for hospitals is the swing door. These doors are simple to operate and universally recognizable.
Hospitals typically need doors that are durable, secure, and easy to clean. The most common choice for hospital entrances and other high-traffic areas are commercial-grade steel or aluminum doors with heavy-duty hardware. Fire-rated doors may also be used in certain locations to meet building codes.
Hospital doors should also be:
- Corrosion resistant
- Made of an inorganic hygienic material such as GRP (Glass Reinforced Polyester)
- Easy to clean and resistant to moisture and disinfection procedures
- Have radiation shielding and sound insulation properties
Hospital and Healthcare Sliding Doors
Hospitals and healthcare sliding doors can provide a number of benefits, including:
- Traffic control: Sliding doors can provide secure and efficient traffic control.
- Access: Sliding doors can provide fast and easy access to vulnerable patients.
- Space: Sliding doors don't take up space when opening and closing resulting in a more efficient use of space and reduce build cost.
- Airtight seal: Operating room sliding doors can provide an airtight seal between the operating room and other areas.
- Emergency opening: Sliding doors can be added to an emergency opening system. In the event of a power outage or fire, they can be opened 90°.
Sliding doors can also offer other benefits, such as:
- Letting in more natural light
- Providing ventilation
- Improving outdoor/indoor flow
- Being safe and secure
- Offering great energy efficiency