COTS prepares Ohioans for mass-trauma situations with “Stop the Bleed” initiative

A year has passed since the tragic Las Vegas shooting occurred; a catastrophe that unfolded after Gunman Stephan Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers, killing 59 and injuring over 800 people.


As Americans across the country remember those heartbreaking losses, the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) is teaching civilians how to prevent loss in such a scenario – should one occur here in Columbus.

“Just as we teach everyone how to do CPR and use an AED, we need to be teaching everyone how to apply pressure and a tourniquet,” Jodi Keller, associate director of healthcare preparedness for the Central Oho Trauma System, said.

  An instructor demonstrates proper tourniquet application. Photo courtesy of the Central Ohio Trauma System Twitter page

An instructor demonstrates proper tourniquet application. Photo courtesy of the Central Ohio Trauma System Twitter page

The “Stop the Bleed®” initiative was established in 2015 by the Obama administration. It aims to provide bystanders with the tools and knowledge needed to stop life threatening bleeding. Through this initiative, The Central Ohio Region Healthcare Emergency Preparedness (RHEP) has placed tourniquet equipment at a number of strategic public locations throughout the Columbus area.

The full list of tourniquet locations can be viewed here. Along with these tourniquets, the RHEP coalition offers free courses, demonstrating these life-saving procedures to non-medical people.


“For the past 2 years, the Central Ohio RHEP Coalition has conducted hundreds of Stop the Bleed training courses throughout central Ohio, teaching lay people how to control bleeding to prevent unnecessary death,” Keller said.


Courses are offered throughout Central Ohio. For more information, contact Jodi Keller at: jkeller@centralohiotraumasystem.org