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In hospitals, rehab centres, medical practices, care homes and senior residences, hygiene and accessibility are particularly important - and this applies just as much to doors as to any other aspect of the building.


Doors shouldn’t be a barrier to the elderly or ill, and carers also need to be able to move through them as quickly as possible – after all, every second counts in an emergency. Extra-wide and double doors provide plenty of space for wheelchairs and hospital beds. There are also a wide range of other technical solutions that play an important role in accessibility, including automatic swing door drives and ergonomic handles that can be operated without on-hand contacts. One simple solution is to position handles at a height of 850 mm. The DIN 18040 standard covers such considerations.


Surfaces in hospitals need to be made of sturdy HPL and easy to clean. Due to the high levels of stress and strain they need to withstand, they are often combined with edge and step protection. PU-Edges are the recommended solution in many cases due to their special characteristics:

  • Shock and impact resistant for perfect protection against damage to the edges and adjacent surface areas
  • Non-porous for high hygiene standards
  • Moisture-resistant

Special functions

Doors in the healthcare sector need to handle all kinds of different tasks. In X-ray rooms, for example, radiation protection doors with full lead layers that cover the entire opening and closing areas and lead-lined frames are required. Doors in forensic departments need additional security functions to protect patients and personnel.