Doors for ICUs

ICU door in a hospital environment.

What is an ICU?

Intensive care units (ICUs) provide around-the-clock care for people who are critically ill. Patients in ICU units are severely ill and require much more hands on care than in normal wards which makes them more susceptible to HAI’s. This is why the design of ICU facilities has become an essential part of preventing HAI’s and improving both patient safety and infection control.

ICU doors need to meet strict requirements in ICUs as they’re in such a critical environment. ICU doors can be a major source of contamination due to the fact they are the piece of furniture which is touched the most by patients and staff. This is why it’s critical that the correct doors are specified for ICU facilities.


We’re experts at providing specialist doors for ICUs

In hospital environments, safe and efficient patient care requires the versatility, durability and safety features of Dortek ICU doors.

Dortek doors have a hygienic flush surface which is easy to keep clean. Our large glass door blades are strong and durable and help to maximise vision and light, even when the doors are shut. Our glass doors can also be provided with x-ray rated glass, blinds or smart glass for patient privacy.

Doors can be automated to provide hands-free entry and further reduce the risk of infection. Dortek uses an intelligent automation which is key for user safety. Our door automations react to the smallest obstruction and photo sensors stop the door from closing onto passing traffic. We also provide a range of access control systems, locking and interface with BMS (Building Management Systems) for extra security.

Our doors are designed for intensive care units, but they’re also ideal for laboratories, surgical suites, waiting areas and diagnostic imaging areas. We have an extensive range of case studies from across the globe where we have fitted & supplied our specialist healthcare doors. You can find them here.


Hermetically Sealing ICU Doors

Dortek’s hermetically sealing sliding glass doors are designed specifically to help cut the spread of airborne infection.

The door has a unique patented track system so it seals perfectly against the floor and frame.  The efficiency of the seal has been officially tested and results show it to be over 99% effective thus helping to reduce air handling costs, the incidence of wound infections and cross contamination.

Guiding and sealing cams are fitted outside the clear opening eliminating the requirements for a floor track, allowing free unrestricted access for wheeled traffic. This is enables trouble free access for beds and other medical equipment required in intensive care units.


About Dortek – A specialist door solutions company with over 50 years’ experience

For over 50 years, Dortek has been working with leading pharmaceutical, health, food, retail and industrial companies to provide them with bespoke access solutions for demanding environments. The dedication and expertise of our team make us global leaders in cutting-edge door solutions.

We’re committed to providing our clients with the most knowledgeable, passionate and experienced team of professionals in our industry. We offer a level of service that is unparalleled within our field, and it’s what has earned us our reputation as one of the best.

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Collage of ICU doors.

Doors for Life Science Facilities

In life science facilities, doors play an important role in ensuring the safety and security of the people working within the facility and the research itself.

Choosing the correct door system is a critical part of the design within these facilities, as compliance with standards, ease of traffic movement, hygiene, fire regulations and balance of air movement will dictate the types of door being used or specified. In addition, doors must be seamless, waterproof, resistant to cleaning regimes and free of voids and organic material such as timber where bacteria could multiply.

The following are some of the key reasons to use specialist door types like hygienic GRP/FRP in research and life science facilities;

  • Doors should have a smooth, seamless hygienic construction, and must be designed to be easy to clean and keep clean.
  • The door and frame should be completely void free – there should be nowhere that moisture and bacteria can gather undetected.
  • Doors should be resistant to the commonly used cleaning and fumigation agents used in research facilities.
  • Doors should remain dimensionally-stable. Unlike timber-cored products, a GRP/FRP door leaf will not bow, warp, crack or deflect whatever the temperature or humidity.
  • Ledges should be minimised (windows should be frameless and completely flush to both sides of the door).
  • Doors should be lightweight, yet very strong. They should be easy to operate by facility users. They should have solid, yet durable finishes to prevent the formation of chips where micro-organisms can find egress.
  • Fire doors should be third party fire certificated to the appropriate UL, BS, EN, China, Singapore, Australia, and NZ standards.
  • Doors have the ability to be equipped with a range of access control systems and interlocking to prevent unauthorized entry.
  • Doors should have a self-closing system and, where required, air locking mechanisms to provide a tight seal and prevent the spread of hazardous fumes or materials.
  • Doors should be available with lead lining for radiation control.

By choosing the right doors for their life science facilities, facility and building owners can ensure the safety, security, and integrity of their research. Dortek have supplied our specialist doors to 14 of the top named research universities in the world.

  1. University of Oxford, UK
  2. Stanford University, US
  3. University of Cambridge, UK
  4. University College London, UK
  5. University of Pennsylvania, US
  6. King’s College London, UK
  7. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  8. National University of Singapore
  9. Hong Kong University of Science and technology
  10. University of Technology, Sydney
  11. Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  12. Macquarie University, Australia
  13. RMIT, Australia
  14. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.
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