What to do in an emergency

In an accident or emergency, call 999. People with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) need expert medical treatment. 

Tell medical staff that your child has DMD and show them the Duchenne A&E pack website, which has important information on using anaesthesia and opiates, steroid treatment, fractures, heart problems, gastrointestinal problems, and breathing problems.


The Duchenne UK In Case of Emergency app

The Duchenne UK In Case of Emergency (ICE) app aims to help save lives by preventing mistreatment of DMD patients in an emergency. It allows you to keep a profile of your/your child’s medical needs and emergency contacts, as well as general guidance on treating DMD patients. This can be quickly sent to medical staff as a PDF document. 

We advise you to update the app regularly and print a copy of the PDF from the app to share with your child’s school and other caregivers, so that they can share this with medical professionals in the event of an emergency.

To give feedback on the app, please contact [email protected]

How to prepare for emergencies

Prepare a documented emergency plan with your GP or neuromuscular consultant. This should cover information about medication your child is taking, any medical issues specific to your child and the contact details for their doctor.

Order a steroid dependent wristband to alert doctors that your child is dependent on steroids. DMD medical alert cards are also available from MDUK. Carry these with you/your child at all times.

Watch DMD Care UK’s webinar for more guidance on coping with illness and falls at home, managing steroids and what to say to medical staff in emergencies. 

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