In the words of DJ Khaled, here’s another CGM. The next of the recent CGMs to come to market in Europe, although much less heavily promoted than SiBionics recent offerings, is the Sinocare iCan i3 CGM. Which is a bit of a mouthful.
An introduction to the Sinocare iCan i3
According to Sinocare, this is a Gen 3 CGM that uses Direct Electron Transfer to generate a signal, rather than using a mediator. In theory, it should create a more stable sensor over the sensor life by reducing enzyme degradation, but that’s a whole other article.
As ever, with a new sensor, it has a headline figure in the 8% to 9% range. But that’s expected, as no-one these days would launch a sensor with anything other than this. The user guide states that they arrived at this number from a mix of 60 adult T1 and T2 participants in their study.
Let’s just say that the indications are that this isn’t really a representative MARD value.
To add to that, we have another case where the study data is hidden somewhere, so we only have the user manual to go on. As you’ll note, this states the study was adults only, however, the website marketing is suggesting family use and following. Naughty, naughty…
Finally, the user guide states that this is a non-adjunctive device, which means that you are officially able to use it to make dosing decisions. If you want to.
Unboxing and application
But what we’re more interested in here is applying this new sensor.
Why? Because it’s the most complicated process I’ve come across to connect a sensor up.
Here are a few videos showing the unboxing, set up and insertion.
It’s worth noting that Sinocare themselves seem to realise this is a little bit complex, so won’t allow you to insert the first sensor without watching all the videos they provide in app to understand what to do. And even then, I had to refer to the paper instructions…..
That was the easy bit. The next two videos cover the sensor set-up and start. As you’ll see, even for an experienced CGM user, this is not the most straightforward sensor to setup and apply. With the videos interjecting constantly, it’s also not all that fast!
Finally, enabling the sensor. As quick and easy as any other!
Truth be told, that’s one of the most annoying and difficult sensor applications I’ve ever done, and I’d be surprised if anyone thought it was a straightforward process.
The sensor lasts for 15 days, so as usual, I’ll be collecting data and fingerpricks to see how well the two compare.