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Nursing license suspended in Maine hospital death 

Maine officials say they’ve revoked the license of a nursing supervisor who let a disoriented patient leave a hospital during a heavy snowstorm.The patient, 61-year-old Reid Emery, of Eastport, was found dead the next day in a snowbank outside, dressed only in slippers, socks, pants and a flannel shirt.Attorney General Janet Mills announced yesterday that the Maine State Board of Nursing revoked the license of 44-year-old John Zablotny of Steuben for two years for incompetent nursing and unprofessional conduct.Emery was being treated for abdominal pain at Down East Community Hospital in Machias when he asked to leave on Jan. 1, 2008, even though a snowstorm had developed and he was still receiving pain medication.Officials say Zablotny allowed Emery to leave – against the advice of hospital staff and without reviewing his records or properly assessing his condition.There’s no telephone listing for Zablotny, and he couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.