When soft tissue is injured, bleeding will occur. Bleeding reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. Severe bleeding can quickly become life threatening. Limiting blood loss is a high priority when caring for an injured person. Blood flows away from the heart in arteries. Arterial bleeding is bright red and will spurt from the wound. It can be difficult to control due to the pressure created by the heart’s contractions. Veins return blood to the heart. If the blood is dark red and flowing steadily, it is coming from a vein. Bleeding from a vein can be heavy but is usually easier to control than arterial bleeding.