Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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24 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 mcdmag.com 2 Ssshhh — Patients and staff need quiet: In areas used for patient care and staff concentration, the overall reduction of auditory disturbances is crucial. Without question, the clanking and banging associated with mechanical push pads on exit devices can be an annoyance to patients and staff, who both need peace and quiet. Doors with electric latches can also produce a lot of noise, especially at night when patients are trying to sleep. Hearing that klunk every time someone uses a doorway can become extremely irritating and actually delay healing time. The use of specially designed, low-energy quiet latches with dB levels as low as 55dB and sound- reducing exit devices can help. By incorporating exit devices with innovative dampers that decelerate the mechanical push pads on the push-and-return stroke and motor- driven electronic latches, most of the noise associated with traditional exit devices is eliminated. Also, using a concealed vertical cable system eliminates the rattles and clanking of rods in the door on the frame. Additionally, exit devices with a modular design are allowing hospitals to upgrade exit devices to the new, quieter versions without taking the base plate off the door or buying a whole new device. This design allows hospitals to more easily provide a quieter environment for patients and staff. 3 Stop bacteria spread: Infection control is another hot topic in healthcare and touch surfaces play a big role. Hospitals can leverage door hardware made with anti-bacterial surfaces. These surfaces proactively protect hospital patients and staff from infectious bacteria with a surface that continuously kills bacteria. 4 Create safer, effi cient environments with specialty hardware: Specialty door hardware solutions create safer and more effi cient environments. Push/ pull hospital locks make it easier for patients and staff members to operate doors when their hands are full, plus they are ADA compliant. And, specially designed anti-ligature devices help create a safer space for behavioral health patients. With unique sloped and recessed surfaces, these locks and hinges cannot be used as a ligature point for someone intending to do harm to themselves. 5 Standardize: Designing, installing and maintaining the openings in a healthcare facility are not simple tasks, but there is one way to make the processes easier. Standardizing on solutions from a single provider will ensure more control over openings. This translates to more effi cient installation and maintenance activities. Key systems will be easier to manage, meaning a smoother performance of electronic access control and electrifi ed door hardware. The results will be less maintenance and far more reliable performance. ■ Ann Geissler Timme is Allegion's healthcare marketing manager. SPOTLIGHT DOORS AND HARDWARE Exit devices with a modular design are allowing hospitals to upgrade exit devices to the new, quieter versions without taking the base plate off the door or buying a whole new device. Specially designed anti-ligature devices help create a safer space for behavioral health patients.

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