Defibrillator liability to be clarified, reduced by Nova Scotia amendment
Change to Volunteer Services Act aimed at reducing liability concerns about using AEDs
A bill that could help save lives is making its way through the Nova Scotia Legislature.
The amendment to the Volunteer Services Act aims to alleviate any fears the public may have about using an automatic external defibrillator, known as an AED.
That includes volunteers who use an AED and any organization whose AED is used.
Bain said he isn't aware of any legal issues surrounding the use of an AED, but the bill is a precaution to ensure no one holds back from using the device in an emergency.
"We just didn't want to take a chance, because we all know how important an AED is in saving lives," he said.
Jeff Fraser, the director of provincial operations for Emergency Health Services, said the bill is a great clarification, as EHS has received lots of questions.
Bain said another benefit is that all AEDs will be placed on a provincial registry, allowing an organization without a device to locate one nearby, if needed.
Fraser thinks the amendment will help get more AEDs into circulation.