Bain promotes use of lifesaving AEDs

March 02, 2018 at 10:25 am

Bill adds protection for volunteers from lawsuits

Victoria-The Lakes MLA Keith Bain wants to see protections in place for volunteers who use automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

This week, Bain’s amendments to the Volunteer Services Act passed second reading in the Legislature. He hopes, with all party support, the bill will become law.

This bill protects a volunteer, who uses an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in an emergency situation from lawsuits. It will also extend protection to organizations whose AED may be used, including as part of Nova Scotia’s public registry.

“AEDs save lives. People might be afraid to use it if they fear liability concerns. These amendments will correct that,” says 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 situation.”