The main purpose of automatic doors is to make access and people flow easier, although the fact is that such type of automatisms goes beyond the universal accessibility standards established nowadays and have many other functions which, as far as hospitals are concerned, help complying with the main mission of the building.

Hermetic automatic doors, for instance, are perfect for achieving a high level of air tightness, and thanks to their use, insulation in operating theatres or observation rooms increases to a great extent, thus achieving a significant reduction in electricity use since the loss of certain parameters under control (humidity, temperature, etc.) is prevented. In addition, a proper design of such doors enables hygiene maximisation, thanks to plain surfaces minimising dirt accumulation or by means of accessories enabling their activation without physical contact.

The value of automatic doors in hospitals

Hospitals are highly well-trodden places, where ease of passage becomes essential, for health-care personnel in particular, since they are in charge of attending emergency rooms, they manipulate and move surgical materials, stretchers or wheelchairs with patients from an area of the hospital to another. Besides, as it has been mentioned above, automatic doors also need to meet the demands of patients and visitors, overthrowing architectural barriers and making facilities into complete accessible places whomsoever, regardless of their age, disease or physical condition.

But one of the main features of hospitals is the one that refers to the different rooms in which they are divided, each one of them with specific functions. Such rooms require specific characteristics as well, either regarding lighting, temperature or humidity systems, which can only be achieved and maintained at correct levels through the installation of automatic doors, which will ensure that such hygiene standards and criteria will be properly fulfilled. In other words: automatic doors in hospitals make spaces multi-zoned, keeping stable special conditions in the interior.

Depending upon needs, central sliding, lateral or telescopic automatic doors can be installed, besides being possible to incorporate mechanical workings in order to limit access or, on the contrary, make it easier.

Automatic doors gain special relevance in operating theatres, observation rooms and X-ray rooms, since in all these types of rooms, the levels of air-suspension coating, pressure, humidity and temperature need to be maintained and controlled in order to ensure the room health standards. As is the case with X-ray rooms, automatic doors have to restrict the rays slip to the exterior. Manusa’s automatic doors meet the requirements demanded, preventing pollution from entering or arising from such rooms, by sealing entering gaps in order to keep differential pressure measurements stable, optimising this way the use of air treated within the area and reducing operating costs of each area.

Each and every zone in the hospital requires a different system regarding automatic doors. However, we may find at present a variety of options, all of them able to adapt to each situation, increasing thereby the degree of comfort and hygiene required in hospital centres.