Maine AG Will Appeal in 2008 Hospital Discharge Death
MACHIAS, Maine - A spokesman for the Maine Attorney General says the office will likely appeal a judge's decision not to retry a nurse who discharged a 61-year-old man who later died during a snowstorm.
WABI-TV reports that the judge ruled earlier this month that John Zablotny's actions were unprofessional but not a violation of his duties. Zablotny was a nursing supervisor at Down East Community Hospital when Reid Emery asked to be discharged despite doctor's advice. Emery was found dead the following day. The death occurred in 2008.
The judge concluded that Zablotny had no duty to notify anyone about Emery. The nursing supervisor did not notify Emery's wife or the police. His license was eventually revoked for 90 days.