I used the RediStik Wearable Port Simulator last week for staged assessments!! It was awesome!!

-  Korrin Alberding RN, VABC

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Used the IV trainer with harness. It was great! The new nurses loved it. Thank you so much. I will be running these classes every two weeks using the RediStik PIV Trainer.

- Amy Roberts RN, VABC

So great to see you at the ECMO meeting in Keystone. I really appreciate y'all letting me and my surgeon play with the ECMO cannulation trainer. Getting to use it hands on really helped Dr. Proctor understands how beneficial it would be to our team.

- Midge Vaughan, MSN, RN, CCRN
​ECLS Coordinator
Covenant Children's Hospital/Medical Center

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I really enjoyed getting to practice on the ECMO cannulation trainer. As a trainee, this simulator provides invaluable practice of going through the steps of a cut down and cannulation on an anatomically correct model. I found the transparent heart to be a really useful feature and tool when practicing cannula placement!

- Kylie Callier, M.D.
University of Chicago General Surgery, PGY-2R
Pediatric ECMO Fellow

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The RediStik Microsurgery trainer was a valuable tool in our boot yet again! The doctors liked having it as their practice anastomosis setup.

- Timothy O’Malley 
Microsurgery Trainer
East Coast Sales Director at Mitaka USA 

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The photos are off the 3mm tubing (which most closely resembles coronary bypass). I also used the 1.5mm which is great practice of challenging LIMA to LAD anastomosis. I used my loupes (2.5 zoom). The 1.5mm was tricky but realistic for the challenging anastomosis we get.

The set-up is professional. I love the ability to change operating depth as it resembles real life operating. For this I used just one muscle pad The tubing is great to resemble coronary anastomosis. One comment would be the ‘memory’ of the tubing. It wants to curl back into a tube which makes it more challenging than real operating. However, I believe that if you master this simulator … real bypass surgery with by easy. The simulator should be harder than reality.

- Dr Nabil Hussein MBChB (Hons), PhD
Cardiothoracic Surgery resident
UK Chair - EACTS Residents Committee

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This model, really is quite a lot like sewing an artery of a person this size - about the same give.. near perfect

- Dr. Christopher Pederson
Professor of Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

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I had the opportunity to use the Redistik Neonatal ECMO trainer during the Medtronic hands on session at the STS 2024 in San Antonio. It is an excellent high fidelity simulator which is no doubt an extremely useful tool to rehearse  open techniques of establishing ECMO. A must for training residents and fellows in the core aspects of the procedure 

Absolutely great work on the simulator. It’s a great piece of work. Keep it up!

- Dr Nabil Hussein MBChB (Hons) PhD
Cardiothoracic Surgery resident
UK Chair - EACTS Residents Committee 

Mazz Teaching




Dream Team (RediStik)


As someone who is deeply passionate about pediatric surgery, the ECMO training session was not just an educational milestone but a significant signpost for my future plans to further my studies in pediatric surgery in South Africa this summer. 

The ingenious engineering of the mannequin, provided an incredibly realistic and hands-on learning experience. It was a vivid illustration of the blend of technical skill, innovation, and compassionate care that lies at the heart of pediatric surgery.

 One of the highlights of the event was the invaluable time spent with my father, a heart surgeon at St Bernardine Hospital, who accompanied me at the meeting. Learning the nuances of ECMO under his guidance was a deeply personal and professionally enriching experience. It was a rare and cherished opportunity for us to bond over our shared commitment to cardiac surgery, further igniting my passion for the field. 

Your commitment to educating the next generation of surgeons is truly inspiring. This experience has left a lasting impression on me and reinforced my aspiration to contribute significantly to the field of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.

 Once again, thank you for this incredible opportunity. It has been a pivotal experience in my educational journey, and I look forward to applying the insights gained in my upcoming endeavors. 

- Sten Kajitani 
Medical Student 
University College Cork, Ireland

Escape room simulation IMSH 2024 conference:
Honored to have our RediStik Wearable PIV Trainers be a part of the Pediatric Escape Room workshop at IMSH2024 taught by a multidisciplinary team of Pediatric Anesthesiologists. Shout out to Lisa Caplan MD and her anesthesia colleagues for supporting frontline innovation.

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Thank you for allowing us to use your RediStik Task Trainers. They worked amazing!

I love the product! You really did a fantastic job with the development. I will try to spread your product in Europe. I am really convinced of it. It's a fantastic thing that you developed. Respect for that!

- Benjamin Barnhill
EMEA & AOAC Clinical Leader Drug Delivery Sales Specialist
Pall Corporation

The entire line of redi-stick trainers Michael has developed are absolutely phenomenal.  Each trainer serves a unique purpose and offers as close to hands on learning experience as you get (for both new healthcare workers and those who just may need a refresher or to learn a new technique).  

The CVC trainers are PERFECT for teaching and practicing sterile technique.  They offer the opportunity to learn how to do a sterile cap and dressing change hands on with a realistic device.  The dressing sticks to the skin on the CVC trainers more realistically than any other avenue we have investigated before.  They are also more beneficial because they can be worn- so trainees can get the realistic feeling of having to navigate around limbs while maintaining a sterile field.  We are also able to use these trainers to demonstrate how to properly draw labs and more importantly how to draw blood cultures correctly without causing contamination.  These are amazing tools that allow new staff members to establish confidence in critical skills prior to having to perform them in a high pressure environment with a patient and parent watching.  This also increases safety for our patients.

The port a cath trainer is so wonderful.  I WISH we had one when I first started.  The ability to change the depth and size of the PAC is invaluable.  I will never forget a patient’s mom refusing to allow me to try and access her daughter’s PAC as a new grad because she said it was small and only VAT/experienced nurses could do it.  If we had this PAC trainer back then- I would have had the opportunity to practice  on the trainer and I could have honestly said I had done it before!  The reality is that the steps of accessing a PAC are the same, but it feels different every time you do it depending on the patient.  The PAC trainer allows you to simulate those differences by having different size PAC and different depths at which it sits under the “skin.”  And there is nothing more satisfying than pulling back on that syringe and seeing actual blood return and knowing that you hit it just right!!

The PIV trainers feel very realistic and I again would have loved to get my hands on them when I first started nursing.  As a new grad trying to hit the vein is nerve wrecking especially in pediatrics.  However, the steps of appropriately securing the dressing (and preventing hospital acquired conditions like PIV infiltrates and pressure injuries) can also be overwhelming.  The PIV trainers allow you to practice hitting the vein- getting flash- and properly advancing the catheter and removing the stylet.  

Michael has created a much needed set of tools for healthcare providers to work on and I enjoy using them.  Any healthcare worker would be lucky to have these to learn on!

- Nicole Sanders, BSN, RN, CPN

I wanted you to know we finally received our PIV trainer kits and to thank you again. 

They have made a difference in the PIV skills of the nursing staff. There’s nothing better than seeing smiles with the flash of “blood” return. J

Thank you!!!!!!! 

- Nell Jenkins, BSN, RN, CPN

18yo, Female used RediStik Port Trainer during inpatient hospital stay and is now able to access her own port at home.  Due to multiple ongoing illness, dysautonomia, migraines, and gastroparesis over several years and the need for weekly infusions, this female has difficult peripheral venous access. She now has an implanted port and is now able to get infusions at home with Mom accessing her port. During her last hospital admission, I had to access her port, her and mom were talking about how she would like to be able to access her own port at home. I came up with a plan to teach her how to access a port using the RediStik port trainer. We went over several scenarios and she was successful and felt confident with accessing a port. Weeks went by and I ran into her and mom in the hospital during a clinic visit. I am happy to say that she is now successfully accessing her own port at home now. This was all made possible due to the simulations with the realistic skin and haptic feedback of the port trainer.

- Paul Lopez, RN

We used the PIV and the PORT trainer during those sessions and everyone really liked them and appreciated the hands-on practice!  They provide a great way to get hands-on practice as close to real life as possible! Our staff continued to talk about the trainers long after the training sessions because they enjoyed using them so much.  The ability to move the port placement around to increase the difficulty of access as well as the ability to get blood return made it so much more realistic, and therefore more beneficial!

Using the CVL trainer to film the training video for cap change and dressing change was also very helpful because it was more realistic than just a mannequin skin, which is what we’ve used historically.  It not only helped us as the trainers make the video run more smoothly but I think it’s also very beneficial to the learners because the more realistic the process looks, the easier it is for them to understand it and learn from it.

- Kate Jones, BSN, RN, CPN

The RediStik PIV Trainers have been used in three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa at the Texas Children’s Hospital Global Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Centers of Excellence.  The PIV trainers have been instrumental in teaching nurses caring for children with cancer how to properly insert  peripheral intravenous catheters that are used to administer chemotherapy. Competencies learned on the  PIV trainers have decreased extravasation rates from 42% to 5% in less than a year’s time; these trainers are making a true difference in the lives of children we care for.

All nurses completing the training found the RediStik PIV task trainer and videos extremely helpful and improved their PIV insertion skills.

- Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, FAAN

RediStik Port Trainer

I have utilized the port trainers for multiple advanced training classes, new skills training and check off classes, refresher skills practice, and just in time training when ports arrived in unexpected departments.  The simulation it provides is very realistic with options to demonstrate real variation that can be encountered.  It really helps to decrease anxiety and increase confidence around the skill, in those clinicians that have used the port trainers.

RediStik PIV Trainer

The PIV trainer gives the learner the ability to simulate more than just the needle insertion but also holding and positioning tips as it can be attached to an extremity.  The skin closely correlates to the same glide of an actual PIV insertion so that the learner can get a realistic feel for the procedure.

RediStik CVC Trainer

The CVC trainer is a much needed tool for multiple educational needs.  It can be utilized when training clinicians new to PICC or CVC insertion, central line dressing change education, and sterile cap change or tubing change simulation.  It can also be used to show to a patient that needs a central line in an effort to increase their awareness about the device and decrease any anxiety about the needed device.

- Amy Mitchell, RN, BSN

Everyone I was able to get to the other day loved it and it was way harder than they expected (which is a good thing)!

- Jordan Lambert, RN, CCRN

We included the IV skills station using the RediStik PIV Trainer in our PEARS learning survey and I just finished looking at the results. I wanted to share with you.

Pre-training, only 15% of nurse residents stated they felt confident/very confident with IV insertion. Post-training, 96% reported confident/very confident with IV insertion. There was an 81% increase in the confidence scores!!!

In addition, 100% of nurse residents stated thy would recommend this tool for IV training.

The TCH Nurse Residency Program has officially adopted this product as its premiere IV training tool!!

Thank you for your passion and support for these new nurses. These results speak volumes to the positive reinforcement they received during the skills station.

- Jaime Choate, MSN, RN

Had some great feedback on the RediStik PIV trainer and the RediStik PAC trainer! We had about 65 nurses go through our critical comps and use both the trainers. Most had commented that they enjoyed the skills station. The trainers held up well. Each person had attempted at least 2-4 times. Easy to set up and easy to clean up and the RN’s reaction was priceless when they saw the flashback with our fake blood. We would definitely use them again. Thanks again for hooking us up!

- Karen Santos, BSN, RN, CPN

Just wanted to give you some feedback on the Redistik IV trainer. The Float RN watched the video and practiced on the arm and  found it to be extremely helpful.  He was even successful on a patient following his training on the trainer. Thank you so much.

- Sherry Grant, BSN, RN

I have been using the IV trainers for our hemophilia self-infusion class.  The kit is amazing, and the kids/families really like how real they are and feel. Thanks!

- Aleida Stark, RN, BSN

I had a chance to use the IV trainer for my staff this past week. Everyone loved it! It was very realistic in regards to palpating veins, the feel of inserting the IV catheter, and threading. The staff also enjoyed the fact that it provided a flash once inside the vein and they could even practice filling a lab tube. We found it very engaging and it really enhanced the learning experience. 

- Natalliette Richards, MSN, RN, CPEN

Check out this awesome testimonial about the Redistik Microsurgery Trainer from Andrea Tonelli BMedSciHons, a medical student in South Africa doing research in the Cardiac Surgery Lab in University of Cape Town & Grooteschuur Hospital.

Andrea via email:

I finally got the opportunity to spend some time (+50 hours) with the kit over the last month.

It has been a fantastic experience and I have seen a massive improvement in my anastomosis time.

Using the kit for approximately 50 hours, I improved my anastomosis time on the smallest diameter vessel (1.5 mm) using 8-0 Prolene sutures under the microscope with 9 sutures placed on each end of the graft, from 1 hour and 32 minutes down to a mean of just 23 minutes.

The Redistik® microsurgery trainer has been a game changer!

“I really do love the RediStik trainer.”

“RediStik was the most realistic IV training tool I have seen and is perfect for the Novice to Expert”  

“This is perfect for someone learning basic IV skills to the expert inserter learning and training on a new peripheral IV device they need to get comfortable with. 

“I have been a Vascular Access Specialist for the last 12 years and this is most realistic feeling IV insertion I have seen. I wish I had RediStik in the past for training professionals.  This is also an excellent training tool for anyone with IV experience but may be learning insertion of a new type of device”

Thank you, 

Phillip Vasquez BSN, RN, VA-BC

Clinical Sales Specialist-Vascular


Jayme Scali (patient liaison at Optum) and Dave Scali are parents of Olivia. Olivia is a 14 y/o girl who is using a donated RediStik Wearable Port trainer to learn how to self-access her port. Her goal is to learn how to self-access her port before going to college.

Email from Father:

“Took some pictures for you tonight with Olivia. Mom and nurse all testing out the needle access and everyone had a great time learning with the RediStik Port Trainer.

Thank you, Michael Pickett for this amazing training tool.”