The designers of behavioral health facilities have long searched for wood door solutions for high-risk areas such as patient rooms, washrooms and cross-corridor openings. The traditional stave and structural lumber core wood door solutions have not proven robust enough for these types of openings.
As a result, we were contacted by the architects of these facilities and asked to develop a suitable solution: a door that leverages a proprietary steel structural door core encased in hardwood door edges and finished with two-ply veneer and backer faces. The result is a door that has the strength of steel, but with the soft decorative finish of wood.
Security Wood Door and Steel Frame products can include Anti-Barricade technology. This can be used for patient room applications to allow staff access to the room should the patient barricade the door. They are also available as components or as complete assemblies including hardware components for turnkey solutions. This includes anti-barricade applications where heavy duty double acting continuous hinge and an anti-barricade wood swing stop system and anti-ligature mortised lock can be furnished with a steel frame and wood door.
Security Wood Door and Steel frames can be available with any veneer species and they can be custom factory stained, clear coat or prime painted for custom paint finish.
What does Accepted by OMH mean?
Items with this symbol constitute a best practice for all existing facilities and a minimum standard for new construction and
renovation projects at NYS-OMH’s state-operated inpatient hospitals. Unless alternatives are identified in the notes section of the
page, such items are also minimum standards for Article 31 and Article 28 hospitals.
What does it mean to have a gold seal?
Items with this symbol have withstood paper clip testing in addition to all other applicable testing methods.
What is meant by Use with Caution?
Items with this symbol might be suitable for certain inpatient environments; however, they should be used with caution. Some of
these items have institutional characteristics that are not appropriate for an environment that is certified by the Joint Commission,
which requires non-institutional fittings and fixtures. Other items have inherent risks that must be evaluated for their
appropriateness for the intended application. Typically, the associated notes describe why the device is to be used with caution.
What is meant by high, medium and low-risk areas?
Please see the below chart for more information on what defines each risk area.
What are the Anti-Barricade strategies that AMBICO products are able to adhere to?
AMBICO follows the strategies outlined in number 4 indicated by the chart below. Click here to view the chart as a PDF.