MLA Bain introduces bill that promotes use of lifesaving AEDS
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/