As the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, one of the biggest ways in which viruses and other infections spread throughout a group of people is through hand contact. Whilst people have largely stopped shaking hands over the last 18 months, there are a number of touch points on building components such as doors that remain a major concern.
By using hygienic, automated commercial doors in infection control areas such as hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, these touch points can be reduced and even eliminated, greatly reducing the risk of any contamination.
Healthcare workers can also benefit from automatic commercial doors
In addition to reducing the risk of infection for patients and other people who are present in healthcare premises, automatic commercial doors help staff who may need to move equipment from one room to another. Having doors which open automatically makes the transfer of equipment and patients safer and more efficient.
Hygienic automatic commercial doors are ideal for use within spaces where infection control is absolutely critical, such as intensive care units, operating theatres and isolation units. These hygienic doors are constructed using Glass Reinforced Polyester via a pressure moulding technique which is unique to the production of these doors. The result is a door which has a completely smooth finish, preventing bacteria from harbouring, making them easy to clean.
How functional are these automatic doors?
Thankfully, hygienic automatic doors are created with consideration to both form and function. These doors have been created with a wide range of different configurations, activation options and designs to select from.
There are three main types of automatic doors to select from: swing doors, sliding doors and finally bi-parting sliding doors.
Swing doors are great for areas such as corridors and high traffic rooms, whereas sliding doors are ideal for areas where space is limited. Bi-parting sliding doors are most often used in spaces which need the maximum opening space, when patient beds or medical equipment needs to be moved.
Equality Act and DDA Compliance
Access is improved for everyone with the installation of automatic doors. This of course applies whether or not you are able-bodied. Legislation such as the DDA and Equality Act has made it mandatory for companies to install automatic doors so that compliance can be ensured.
Automatic doors are preferred by occupants and users
Across all buildings, not simply healthcare facilities, survey results have consistently shown that an overwhelming numbers of occupants and building users prefer to use automatic doors than manual doors.
A survey carried out by the AAADM (American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers) has demonstrated that just fewer than 99% of people preferred using automatic doors. These research participants also responded that it was important for automatic doors to be used within hospitals.
The reasons given for this preference include the quieter environment brought by automatic doors as well as the enhanced privacy they allow. Visitors and staff in busy corridors remain undetectable to any patients in enclosed rooms, and conversely any doctor-patient conversations are unable to be heard in corridors.
So, for reasons of hygiene and convenience, as well as providing enhanced privacy to patients, automatic doors are ideal for use within any kind of medical facility.