Innovation Resources for TCH Innovators and Leadership

TCH Innovation Hub

Supports TCH frontline inventors by helping them navigate the TCH and Houston Innovation ecosystem.

Contact: Sahreesh Ismail: or Justin Meade:

TCH Innovative Solutions Council

Shared governance collaborative nursing council whose mission is to support frontline innovators striving to create innovative solutions.

Contact: Denine Moody email:

Innovation Funding/Project Resources

Proof-of-Concept (POC) Development Process

Proof of Concept Development Process

This templated process can be helpful for leadership supporting frontline innovation as well as frontline inventors interested in creating and implementing a novel solution to a problem.

The [Proof-of-Concept Development Process] is a stepwise approach to product development and outlines how to garner institutional support in all phases of the innovation process. Designed to be a guide for frontline inventors, the process is based on experiences collaborating with multiple manufacturing companies and Texas Children’s Hospital departments/resources to co-create and implement eight innovation products (highlighted below) into the TCH ecosystem.

I hope the POC Development Process helps inspire and guide your goals to lead through innovation!

Simply follow the process and utilize the templates to help successfully guide your innovative idea.

Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC

Texas Children’s Hospital | Preoperative Anesthesia

RediStik® Founder and Lead Inventor

Examples of Innovative Products Developed and Implemented by Frontline Clinicians   at Texas Children’s Hospital [2019 -2023]

New Products developed and implemented at Texas Children’s Hospital

Chest Tube/O2 Tank Securement Device on Pryor Product IV Pole:

 Chest Tube/O2 Tank Securement Device on Pryor Product IV Pole

Background: Innovative Solutions Nursing Council (ISC) first innovation project. Implemented in Legacy Tower ICUs 2019.

Frontline staff identified a need to safely secure an oxygen canister and chest tubes to our new IV poles. The goal was to develop a safe and efficient solution allowing physical therapy to ambulate post cardiac surgical patients on oxygen and with chest tubes in addition to providing safe patient transportation from the ICU to diagnostic procedures, interventional radiology, and operating rooms.

Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC, ISC founding Chair, led collaboration with ISC members, multidisciplinary teams, and Pryor Products, who funded product development, to co-create the securement device. Final design was piloted in TCH ICU setting and implemented into Legacy tower ICUs. The securement device still being used in our Legacy Tower ICU settings.

RediStik® Wearable Task Trainers: 2016- commercialized 2021

Wearable Task Trainers

RediStik® Wearable PIV, Port, and Central Line Trainers

Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC RediStik® Founder and Lead Inventor

Project Contributors: Innovative Solutions Council (ISC), nurse educators and nursing leadership, >200 frontline nurses, business, legal, and marketing departments.

RediStik® ECMO Cannulation Trainer: 2020 – commercialized 2022

ECMO Cannulation Trainer

Co-Inventors: Mark Mazziotti, MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Cole Burgman CCP, ECMO Simulation and Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC, Innovation

Project Contributors: Iki Adachi, MD, Congenital Heart Surgery

The RediStik® ECMO Cannulation Trainer is a versatile, anatomically accurate simulation training model that enables surgical and perfusion teams to perform of all steps for Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) neck cut down, cannulation, connection to ECMO circuit and de-cannulation in an 18-25 kg patient.

RediStik® Microsurgery Trainer: 2021 – commercialized 2022

Microsurgery Trainer

Co-Inventors: Edward Buchanan, MD and Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC

Project contributors: Division of Plastic Surgery, Hand and Microsurgery

Dr. Pederson & Dr. Reece

RediStik® Microsurgery Trainer is a cost effective and realistic microsurgical trainer that provides surgeons with the ability to practice micro anastomosis of any complexity in different environments. It can be used with an operating microscope or with loupe magnification. Adding this training tool will improve the confidence, efficiency, and complexity of your surgical comfort. This novel trainer was developed in collaboration with Sawbones® and Texas Children's Hospital® - Division of Plastic Surgery, Hand, and Microsurgery.

securiTEE™ 2021- 2022 – in process of commercialization


Co-Inventors: Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC, Emad Mossad, MD, and Zbigniew Starosolski, PhD.        

Project Contributors: Cardiovascular Anesthesia Section, Anesthesia Research Core and Department of Radiology Research Division.

Dr. Emad Mossad identified a need for a Transesophageal ECHO (TEE) control handle securement device during CVOR and Cardiac catheter lab cases. Following our innovation process, in collaboration with CV Anesthesia Section and TCH Radiology Research section, we developed 7 prototypes, piloted and validated the securiTEE™ which provides a reliable, safe and efficient way to secure all sizes and brands of transesophageal echo (TEE) control handles at the at the head of the bed during cardiac cases. The securiTEE™ has been approved for use internally by TCH Legal department and TCH ORPEC committee. We are using the securiTEE daily in our cardiac catheter labs and CVORs with great reviews from our CV Anesthesia and Cardiologist colleagues who perform the ECHO during the case. Project Leads are currently working with TCH/Baylor College of Medicine on Patenting and commercializing the design.

NeoEar™: Involved in IRB Study Since 2021


Co-Inventors: Edward Buchanan, MD and Michael Pickett, MSN, APRN, PNP-BC

Project Contributors: Plastic Surgery Division and Plastic Surgery Research Core

Background: Dr. Edward Buchanan, Chief of Plastic Surgery at TCH, identified a need for a more sustainable, intuitive, easy to apply device that eliminates tape and skin irritation for the reshaping of newborns deformed helical rim of the ear. Ear deformities in newborns are not uncommon and are often corrected with simple molding techniques.

NeoEar™ Design Goals: The goal of the NeoEar™ is to create a cost effective, safe, easy to apply, remove and clean, non-skin irritant alternative to reshaping infant ear deformities. We are currently involved in IRB on the novel design led by Texas Children's Hospital - Division of Plastic Surgery.