Earlier this month I gave a talk at ICAAC where I shared my thoughts concerning the role that environmental coatings and antimicrobial textiles might play in limiting pathogen spread in hospital settings. Several readers asked for copies of my talk, so I thought I'd just post a (moderately) modified version here. In the same session, Mike gave an excellent talk describing the primary importance of hand hygiene, Andrew Stewardson discussed the counter point that hand hygiene wasn't the most important intervention and Andreas Widmer covered no touch disinfection methods (e.g. UV light hydrogen peroxide vapor). A great session - wish you were there!