Sliding doors at Isolation Rooms

Facility name: Regional Medical Center Of San Jose

Project name: RMCSAJ-052017M-ASC(OP Surgery)
Location: SAN JOSE, CA
Project classification: Hospital – Renovation
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 0838500026
Lesson Learned number: 186
Impact: Quality

Lesson Learned/Best Practice

Rooms with sliding glass ICU/CCU doors sometimes have Isolation Rooms with differential pressure monitors.  These doors do not typically come with bottom sweeps, and these rooms will not meet pressure relationships without them.  At this project, due to limited width of the door opening, the ICU door was specified as a 3-panel door instead of a 2-panel door.  This made it especially problematic to meet the pressures.  The gaps between panels were doubled, and the middle panel became a difficult location on which to apply a sweep without interfering with the roller in the bottom needed for the breakaway function.

Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Limit design to 2-panel ICU doors in rooms with pressure monitoring.


ICU, Doors, pressure monitoring, sliding, breakaway doors, hardware, sweeps

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