captain-of-the-ship doctrine

captain-of-the-ship doctrine

the historical medicolegal principle that the physician is ultimately responsible for all patient-care activities and that he or she thus may be held accountable and may be sued for negligence or malpractice when the act at issue is performed by an employee or other person under the physician's control, even if not ordered by the physician.
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26] The captain-of-the-ship doctrine was first described in McConnell v.