Each door in a hospital or healthcare facility serves a unique function for safety and ease of use. So, it’s no wonder why hospital door hardware requirements are in place. To comply with ADA standards or iHFG guidelines, various areas of a healthcare facility WILL require very specific parts to be installed.
Take, for instance, a patient's bathroom compared to staff restrooms. The doors must open out into the room in patient restrooms instead of swinging inward into the bathroom.
This hospital door hardware standard is in place in case of an emergency patient rescue situation. However, staff restrooms do not have to follow those requirements.
This is just one prime example of why it’s critical to identify doors in healthcare facilities by their function and purpose.
Safety Practices for Hospital Door Hardware