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      Is the team leading surgeon criminally liable for his collaborators’ errors? Judges confirm responsibility and condemn an otorhinolaryngologist Translated title: Il chirurgo capo-équipe risponde penalmente anche per gli errori dei suoi collaboratori? I giudici confermano la responsabilità e condannano un otorino

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          SUMMARY

          In current healthcare, delivery of medical and surgical treatment takes place in a multidisciplinary manner. This raises the problem of distinguishing the conditions under which the person who has properly carried out his duties, respecting the related leges artis, can be held responsible for damages materially caused by another member of the medical team. Jurisprudence has developed the so-called “principle of trust” for which every member of the team can rely on the fact that other members are acting in compliance with the leges artis of their specialisation. The Supreme Court has limited the application of this principle. The authors examine the jurisprudence on responsibility of the team in otolaryngology and conclude that individual liability should be limited to the specific expertise of the individual specialist.

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          Nella realtà sanitaria contemporanea, la prestazione terapeutica si svolge in forma multidisciplinare. Si pone, quindi, il problema di distinguere a quali condizioni colui che ha espletato correttamente le proprie mansioni rispettando le leges artis a lui richieste, può essere chiamato a rispondere del danno materialmente causato da altro membro dell’équipe medica. La dottrina ha elaborato il “principio di affidamento”, approssimativamente traducibile in “principle of trust”, ossia ogni membro dell’equipe può fare affidamento sul fatto che gli altri soggetti agiscano nell’osservanza delle leges artis della loro specializzazione. La Suprema Corte ha limitato l’applicazione di tale principio al fine di aumentare la possibilità di evitare eventuali errori dei colleghi. Gli autori esaminano la giurisprudenza che si è formata sulla responsabilità in équipe in casi di interesse otorinolarigoiatrico e concludono che l’ambito della responsabilità dovrebbe essere circoscritto alle specifiche competenze dei singoli.

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          Journal
          Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital
          Acta Otorhinolaryngol Ital
          AOI
          Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
          Pacini Editore Srl
          0392-100X
          1827-675X
          June 2018
          : 38
          : 3
          : 273-276
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Anatomical, Histological, Medico-legal and Locomotor Apparatus Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome , Italy
          [2 ] Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences, “Sapienza” University of Rome , Italy
          [3 ] Institute of Public Health, Section of Legal Medicine, School of Medicine, Catholic University , Rome, Italy
          Author notes
          Alessandro di Luca, Institute of Public Health, Section of Legal Medicine, School of Medicine, Catholic University, largo F. Vito 1, 00168 Rome, Italy. E-mail: aless.diluca@ 123456gmail.com
          Article
          PMC6036945 PMC6036945 6036945
          10.14639/0392-100X-1444
          6036945
          29984805
          190ac579-2a8a-49cd-b35b-279e48c542b7
          Società Italiana di Otorinolaringologia e Chirurgia Cervico-Facciale, Rome, Italy
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          Figures: 0, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 24, Pages: 4
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