Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units have been becoming more common. You might have seen an AED unit in your local community centre, church, mall, and fitness centre. AED units are designed for public access and use in the event that there is an emergency – cardiac arrest – within the facility. Using an AED in conjunction with CPR can significantly increase the person’s chance of survival. But some are still hesitant to purchase an AED in fear of liability and litigation.

The Ontario government implemented the Chase McEachern Act (Heart Defibrillator Civil Liability) to provide protection to those who own and operate an AED unit. This Act is designed to protect people from liability should they assist someone by using an AED unit in an emergency situation. Read more about the Chase McEachern and the Heart and Stroke Foundation Chase Tribute Fund