After writing a brief article about the delays in receiving my Aidex, I got a shipping notice the very next day. Talk about coincidence!
It arrived a couple of days later, just over 3 weeks after I placed my order.
What’s in the box?
The box contained the contents in the picture below:
A lot of stuff to try out alongside the Aidex.
The bits and pieces, and insertion
Ignoring that for now, this is the applicator and transmitter:
The applicator is very similar to that of the Libre, but with a button instead of a simple push down. It’s a little disconcerting because the sensor isn’t round and you have to use the button to align it for insertion, which is something I failed miserably to do and ended up with this:
As you can see, I also messed up applying the overpatch, which is very floppy and really needs two hands, so isn’t all that easy to apply one handed when using an arm insertion.
The insertion was relatively easy, even if I messed up the patch!
Pairing the transmitter with the app was very quick, and the pairing took less than five mins, which is one of the quickest I’ve seen.
Talking of inserting the sensor, the options available are the backs of the arms and the abdomen. I have used the arms in this case, because I find they tend to be more accurate compared to fingersticks.
Finally, once everything is set up, then it takes an hour to warm up, in line with the Libre. Notably, when you start the sensor it gives you an option for a new sensor or a used one, suggesting it will apply a different calibration model dependent on sensor age.
And what of the application?
The following two videos show interaction with the app. The first thing you land on is the homepage, which offers 6, 12 and 24 hour views. There are then additional tabs showing history, trends, blood glucose for calibration and events such as exercise, insulin, medicine and food.
Then we have the settings. In this section are the alert settings, instructions for use, your profile, transmitter details and a few other bits.
The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed no settings for sharing the glucose data, and I’m not sure there is one.
It’s also worth noting that it doesn’t specify calibration frequency, only stating that if blood readings are a long way from the sensor, calibration may be sensible.
That’s a brief overview of the system. Once it’s warmed up and running, we’ll see how accurate it is and how long the sensors really last.