MLA Bain in­tro­duces bill that pro­motes use of life­sav­ing AEDS

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAR­OLYN BAR­BER

Up­com­ing amend­ments to Nova Sco­tia’s Vol­un­teers Ser­vices Act will take the de­lib­er­a­tion out of de­fib­ril­la­tion.

Vic­to­ria - The Lakes MLA Keith Bain in­tro­duced amend­ments to the Act two weeks ago. The changes, which have sup­port from all three par­ties, pro­tect a vol­un­teer who uses an au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) in an emer­gency from law­suits. It will also ex­tend pro­tec­tion to or­ga­ni­za­tions whose AED may be used.

“AEDS save lives. Peo­ple might be afraid to use it if they fear li­a­bil­ity con­cerns. These amend­ments will cor­rect that,” said Bain. “We want to make sure peo­ple are pro­tected, so they will be more com­fort­able tak­ing the chance to save some­one’s life in an emer­gency.”

Bain said nu­mer­ous con­ver­sa­tions last fall with fire depart­ments, first re­spon­ders and paramedics prompted him to pur­sue the amend­ments and not, as many may think, his own med­i­cal emer­gency in Oc­to­ber. His health scare did bring to light that the PC Cau­cus of­fice did not have its own AED. It does now.

Bain also stresses that in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions should reg­is­ter their AEDS.

“If a 911 call comes in and they're in the registry, 911 can tell where the near­est AED is lo­cated.”

Need to reg­is­ter an AED? Visit: http://save­livesns.ca/

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