Dr. Jonathan LaPook is the medical correspondent for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
This past Friday, the Evening News staff got a potentially life-saving surprise: Katie and I brought out our inanimate friend, Annie (a first-aid mannequin), and demonstrated how to use a defibrillator. For those of you who don't know, that's the little electronic device you may have seen in airports or offices, also known as AEDs. We have them here at CBS News, but we realized that few of us would be comfortable using them if somebody collapsed. The main reason for our demo was to show that these defibrillators are incredibly simple to use. In fact, research has shown that - literally - a child can use them.
We demonstrated again later in the day for everyone to watch – and you can check out the video right here, below. Just click the monitor.