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GMS Krankenhhyg Interdiszip. 2011;6(1):Doc10. doi: 10.3205/dgkh000167. Epub 2011 Dec 15.

Foot-operated door opener to eliminate the door handle as a source of contamination.

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  • 1SASS-Systeme, Hannover, Germany.

Abstract

AIM:

As door handles represent a transmission route for viruses and micro-organisms, a door opening and closing mechanism should be developed without manual operation.

METHOD:

To solve the problem, a device for opening the door with the help of a foot pedal was built into the door leaf.

RESULTS:

The design enables mechanical opening of the door with a foot pedal without manual operation. Subsequently, the door closes with the help of a mechanical locking mechanism.

DISCUSSION:

The foot-operated door opener constitutes an additional option to the door handle. Together with the equipment of a soft closing mechanism, it is possible to prevent noise emanating from the door latch impinging on the door frame. Using this construction, the door handle as a transmission vector is eliminated. In addition, the transport of goods held with two hands simultaneously is facilitated.

CONCLUSION:

With a foot-operated door opener instead of the traditional manual door handle, it is possible to open doors with a foot pedal. This prevents contamination of door handles with pathogens.

KEYWORDS:

door handle; mechanical foot-operated door opener; risk of contamination

PMID:
22242091
PMCID:
PMC3252648
DOI:
10.3205/dgkh000167
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