Antibiotic Resistance Movement

To many dictionaries and the lay public, an "antibiotic" is a drug that treats bacteria as well as other microbes (e.g. viruses). It is, thus, a terrible word for public health organizations to use when they mean "antibacterial." So this collection of images is my passive-aggressive way to undermine it's usage. You can help by using these images for your talks.
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Guide to anti-infectives. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/.  UPDATED to include Ebola: http://colinpurrington.com/2014/poster-of-drugs-that-kill-things-ebola/.

Guide to anti-infectives. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/. UPDATED to include Ebola: http://colinpurrington.com/2014/poster-of-drugs-that-kill-things-ebola/.

Different types of anti-infective drugs. This image would look great slapped onto a wall in a waiting room or examination room.  Docs and nurses could point at it when describing treatment options.  Please not that the word "antibiotic" is absent.  That absence makes it clearer.  http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

Different types of anti-infective drugs. This image would look great slapped onto a wall in a waiting room or examination room. Docs and nurses could point at it when describing treatment options. Please not that the word "antibiotic" is absent. That absence makes it clearer. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

10 facts about antibiotics. Mildly fun. Mildly subversive.  That's just the way I like it. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

10 facts about antibiotics. Mildly fun. Mildly subversive. That's just the way I like it. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

Guide to anti-infective drugs, for Emergency Room lobbies. This is an updated version that adds Ebola to list of viruses. Details at http://colinpurrington.com/2014/poster-of-drugs-that-kill-things-ebola/.

Guide to anti-infective drugs, for Emergency Room lobbies. This is an updated version that adds Ebola to list of viruses. Details at http://colinpurrington.com/2014/poster-of-drugs-that-kill-things-ebola/.

Doctors are urged to stop prescribing antibiotics. They should prescribe "antibacterials". The latter provides information. The former provides confusion. People, I don't care how much in love you are with the word, "antibiotics".  Get over it -- it's really causing over-prescription of antibacterials.    http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

Doctors are urged to stop prescribing antibiotics. They should prescribe "antibacterials". The latter provides information. The former provides confusion. People, I don't care how much in love you are with the word, "antibiotics". Get over it -- it's really causing over-prescription of antibacterials. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

Venn guide to pills that kill things. Note that the true, original meaning of antibiotics was a compound that killed life.  So antibiotics = anti-infective.  That's still the lay definition.  But many scientists and physicians now use the word to refer to "antibacterials." They shouldn't.  They should say "antibacterials".  Why? To avoid confusing everyone?  When should they start using "antibacterials"? Um, now would be great…

Venn guide to pills that kill things. Note that the true, original meaning of antibiotics was a compound that killed life. So antibiotics = anti-infective. That's still the lay definition. But many scientists and physicians now use the word to refer to "antibacterials." They shouldn't. They should say "antibacterials". Why? To avoid confusing everyone? When should they start using "antibacterials"? Um, now would be great…

Shopping list for antivirals and antibacterials.  Collectively, the show calls them "antibiotics".  That's the lay meaning, too: drugs that kill microbes.  And that's the definition in many dictionaries.  So, if you want to be clear, never, ever use antibiotics as a word ... unless you want to confuse people. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

Shopping list for antivirals and antibacterials. Collectively, the show calls them "antibiotics". That's the lay meaning, too: drugs that kill microbes. And that's the definition in many dictionaries. So, if you want to be clear, never, ever use antibiotics as a word ... unless you want to confuse people. http://colinpurrington.com/2013/evidence-based-antibiotic-usage/

Cartoon image of Batman slapping robin for thinking antibacterials can treat common cold

Cartoon image of Batman slapping robin for thinking antibacterials can treat common cold

Definition of antibiotic.

Definition of antibiotic.

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