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Venous bleeding is more severe than capillary bleeding, but is not under pressure like arterial bleeding. It is characterized by oozing or running of dark colored blood. You should first apply direct pressure with a bandage for 1-2 minutes. Do not lift the bandage to check for clotting. Instead, lift your hand to see if blood is seeping through the bandage. You may have the patient hold the dressing in place while you use roller gauze, beginning at the distal end, to secure the bandage. If bleeding does not continue through the bandage, take the patient to a medical center for wound irrigation and possible stitches.