In Vivo Porcine Evaluation of the Multiphze® Device: A Self-Contained Bladder Irrigation System

Sohrab N. Ali1, Sina Soltanzadeh Zarandi1, Kalon Morgan1, Rohit Bhatt1, Pengbo Jiang1, Roshan M. Patel1, Jaime Landman1, Ralph V. Clayman1

1 Department of Urology – University of California, Irvine

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Current standard bladder irrigation methods for clot evacuation are cumbersome, inefficient, and hazardous due to the risk of blood and urine contamination of the patient, environment, and provider. The latest iteration of the Multiphze® enclosed irrigation system (Multiphze LLC)  is a novel self-contained system designed to eliminate spillage while improving the efficiency of clot evacuation (figure 1).



Two female, juvenile Yorkshire pigs were anesthetized, following which 100 ml of blood was drawn via a femoral vein and mixed with 44.4 ml of Glow-Bright Concentrate. The bladders were drained with a 24 Fr 6 eye hematuria urinary catheter; 100 ml of blood and Glow-Bright Concentrate mixture was instilled into the bladder using a Bard Irrigation Kit (BIK). After 5 minutes, 4 individuals (a urology intern, an endourology fellow, a senior faculty endourologist, and a foreign-trained urologist-researcher) with prior experience using a BIK performed bladder irrigation with 3L of sterile water utilizing both the BIK technique and the Multiphze system in two separate trials. The time of each irrigation cycle and clarity of drainage fluid using a spectrophotometer were recorded after each liter of irrigation. Total areas of spillage on the procedural fields were identified with a Wood’s lamp and quantified.


The mean clarity measurements at the end of 2 liters of irrigant for the Multiphze and BIK trials were similar to the clarity obtained after 3 liters; however, the mean time to achieve this level of clarity with the Multiphze was 50% less than with the BIK (6.98 min. vs. 14.07 min.) (p < 0.001) (Table 1).  Wood’s lamp illumination revealed a 100% reduction of spillage with Multiphze compared to BIK (208.95 cm2  vs. 0) (p = 0.072), as there was no spillage with Multiphze.


In a porcine model, the Multiphze irrigation system significantly halved the time to successfully clear a clot-filled bladder and eliminated spillage and contamination.

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Figure 1. The new Multiphze® Enclosed Bladder Irrigation System

Table 1. Mean irrigation time, fluid clarity, and spillage area among all operators

Standard Multiphze
Time to irrigate 1 L (min.) 7.59 [7.17-7.93] 4.33 [3.43-5.0] p < 0.001
Time to irrigate 2 L (min.) 14.07 [12.6-15.3] 6.98 [6.37-7.93] p < 0.001
Time to irrigate 3 L (min.) 20.05 [17.8-21.8] 9.32 [8.05-10.4] p < 0.001
Fluid clarity at 1 L (%) 53.9 [32.5-74.1] 39.6 [3.53-64.7] p = 0.433
Fluid clarity at 2 L (%) 72.6 [71.4-74.1] 72.3 [68.6-76.1] p = 0.884
Fluid clarity at 3 L (%) 74 [73.3-74.5] 73.2 [71.0-75.3] p = 0.431
Spillage area (cm2) 208.95 [88.0-492.7] 0 [0-0] p = 0.072