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Big, complex topic. The fire-rating of doors at surgical suites really depend on so many factors that you can't generalize very much. You will need to go through the usual research to determine:
· Applicable Code
· Construction Type
· Wall Fire Ratings
· Is the Building Sprinklered?
You will have to figure out if the wall that 'hosts' the door is itself a fire-rated wall, and if so, why is it rated and what is the fire/smoke rating? If you look at current codes, you can probably get a good sense of what the door should be rated for that type of wall, but not always. Sometimes you find that the building was built enough code-cycles back, that the fire rating process may have been substantially different. If so, you may need to ask the building official what they would suggest.
Hope that helps.
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