Special Purpose Doors For The Medical Industry: What To Consider
Here is an overview of the special purpose doors that are suitable for medical facilities, from dentist surgeries to hospitals to vets.
Medical facilities are specialised spaces that require specially configured doors. From hospitals and aged care facilities to dental clinics and veterinaries, the safety requirements in healthcare are very strict and the legislation and building regulations for these spaces reflect this.
Here are 5 types of special purpose doors for the medical industry you may want to consider.
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements will have been rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here.
These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open. This is particularly important for what is known as ‘compartmentalising’ a fire, which contains flame and smoke while directing traffic to safety – critical in the event of a fire in a medical facility.
Solid Core Doors
Solid core doors are suitable for a wide range of settings in medical environments. They are a multi-use product made of composite wood and can be painted or faced with a veneer to suit any design aesthetic.
Solid core doors are unmatched in terms of practicality, durability and versatility. Solid core doors also provide great acoustic, insulation and safety properties. This makes them a fantastic choice of special purpose doors for schools. Far superior to hollow core doors, these doors will help prevent forced entry, last for years and regulate inside temperatures.
Radiation Shielded Doors
In today’s modern medical industries, radiation is used in many different ways. Unsafe exposure to radiation can have an array of negative impacts on the health of your building occupants. This can range from nausea and skin irritation through to nerve damage and cancer.
Radiation shielding for doors can provide a vital layer of protection on your doors to keep staff, clients and the general public safe from radiation.
Hygienic doors are those have been purpose built with sanitation being of utmost importance, meaning they will not harbour bacteria and other pests and are unaffected by moisture and common cleaning chemicals.
Our hygiene door sets have been designed to ensure optimum hygiene levels are ensured at all times. They offer the highest resistance to bacteria and are other harmful agents and are very easy to clean. They are also extremely versatile, and can be tailored to meet the needs of any medical space.
Special Purpose Configurations
Medical facilities are highly functional buildings. While doors must ensure the safety of those within, they also need to facilitate easy and swift movement in corridors, passageways and between certain rooms and different areas.
Here at FSE we provide a range of high quality fire doors to suit any healthcare facility:
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in healthcare facilities. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that also offer higher performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.
• Swinging fire doors – Swinging double action fire doors are crucial in healthcare facilities where corridors have heavy traffic flow in both directions. They perform like any other fire door. However, the key difference is that they swing 180-degrees to allow traffic to move quickly and easily back and forth through the doors.
• Sliding fire doors – Sliding fire doors are quite common in larger spaces where, in the event of a fire, larger entry/exit points are needed to accommodate more people, but where the use of conventional side hung doors is impractical. They are also useful in hallways that require automatic doors.
FSE Special Purpose Doors work with many clients in the healthcare sector throughout Australia to design, manufacture and install fire doors for facilities of all kinds.
If you have any questions about fire doors for healthcare, to learn more about our products, or to book a quote, phone 1300 4 DOORS, or contact us here.