borrowed servant doctrine


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A principle under which the party usually liable for a person’s actions—e.g., a hospital which has employed a particular nurse—is absolved of responsibility when that 'borrowed servant' is asked to do something—e.g., by a surgeon—which is outside of the bounds of hospital policy

borrowed servant doctrine

Malpractice A principle under which the party usually liable for a person's actions–eg, a hospital responsible for a nurse, is absolved of that responsibility when that person is asked to do something–eg, by a surgeon, which is outside of the bounds of hospital policy. See 'Captain of the Ship' doctrine, Malpractice, Respondeat superior.

borrowed servant doctrine

The legal doctrine, a form of vicarious liability, that a patient care supervisor (e.g., an attending physician who oversees the work of a resident physician) may be held responsible for the negligent acts of a subordinate. See: Captain of the Ship doctrine ; vicarious liability
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