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PAST EXHIBITION

House of Blood

 

This is a past exhibition.

In partnership with
The Singapore Red Cross Society

Exhibition Dates:
Until 4 November 2012

Location:
Hall A @ The Nexus

Typical time required:
20 minutes

The House of Blood is an exhibition about a substance that is so vital to our lives and to our bodies: our blood. A cute cartoon vampire – aka The Count – is the mascot and exhibition host who invites you (as his guests) to explore his "mansion" which is themed around his "favourite and only drink". In showing off the various rooms and spaces in his home, the Count intends to inform you of the importance, the composition, the functions of, and the science and uses behind this life-sustaining body fluid. He hopes that you will leave his House of Blood with a greater understanding of the science behind blood, and a new appreciation for this often taken-for-granted fluid flowing unseen within our bodies.

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Highlights


In the Count's Living Room-cum-Study

The TV in the Count's living room screens the Blood Detectives, a documentary by the American Society of Hematology. Viewers learn about how their blood affects their health – from deadly blood disorders to lifesaving research to solve these medical problems. Two other videos showing the importance of donating blood are also screened. These videos are provided by Singapore Red Cross Society.

   
   

A transparent mannequin stands at the centre of his living room floor, visually reminding the Count how much blood there is in the human body. The model also illustrates how much blood can be lost before it becomes harmful, the amount of blood taken during blood donation versus the amounts needed for transfusion during various surgical operations.

The Count invites guests to try out the means to monitor blood parameters externally using instruments like blood pressure and blood oxygen monitors. Basic information on the implications of blood pressure and blood oxygen levels on our health, and the limitations of such measurements are also highlighted.

   
   

Guests can gape at a display of curios – covering some highlights in the history of blood studies and strange blood-sucking creatures!


In the Count's Laboratory

A "work of art" – a sculpture-painting on the wall illustrates the parts of the circulatory system – heart, arteries, veins, lungs, etc – through which our blood travels. Which part is most attractive to the Count!?

   

Two microscopes are set up for guests to observe preserved blood slides. One microscope focusses on red blood cells (RBCs); the other zooms in on white blood cells (WBCs). The famous videoclip of a neutrophil (a type of WBC) chasing down and swallowing a bacterium is shown above a magnified representation of blood cell counting on a haemocytometer grid is presented between the 2 microscopes.


In the Count's Kitchen

The Count shows how his "food" needs to be properly prepared for various occasions (or uses), not unlike human blood medical needs. Guests are allowed to try his simple hand-cranked centrifuge from which he separates out the different blood components. The Count shares his knowledge of what the different levels of blood components may mean.

   
   

The Count's larder is a "blood fridge" not unlike the types found in those all-important "Blood Banks" for storing donated blood.


In the Count's Bathroom

The composition of blood is scaled up in the Count's “blood bathtub“. Red blood cells (RBCs) are magnified to the size of red plastice buttons. White blood cells (WBCs) are proportionately magnified. The ratio of RBC to WBC is similarly scaled in the bathtub.