Support & Care Materials
Care Guide for Families
The updated Guide for Families can be used in different ways. You might find it easier to focus on a specific stage of Duchenne, or it may be more helpful to concentrate on a specific area related to care, such as steroids, cardiac, etc. We are hopeful that you will find this a useful tool for all those you are in contact with along this journey – parents, grandparents, teachers, physicians.
PPMD, UPPMD and TREAT NMD worked to create a one-page description of care, called the Imperatives of DUCHENNE MD. This document is intended as a snapshot of care, helpful for medical providers who may not be familiar with this diagnosis.
PJ Nicholoff Steroid Protocol
Patients taking chronic daily steroids are often found to have ineffective cortisol coverage, which can lead to adrenal crisis, in the case of a severe injury or illness, or during a surgical experience. The PJ Nicholoff Steroid protocol was developed, and published, to address all issues around steroid associated issues.
Education Matters Guides
To better assist parents and teachers in providing a quality education for the student with Duchenne, PPMD has created Education Matters Guides specifically for teachers and physical education teachers. The guides cover everything from the basics of Duchenne and its progression to specific classroom accommodations organized by age group.
Emergency Information – Wallet Card
This simple, yet extremely important card for your wallet will help you talk to doctors, nurses, and hospital administration, if your child suddenly becomes sick or injured.
Emergency Information – Large Weatherproof Card
These new emergency cards are larger in size, weatherproof, and include a chain for easy attachment to backpacks, scooters, strollers, wheelchairs, and other mobility devices. The cards are two-sided; one side emphasizes important information for families and emergency contact information, and the other side is directed towards healthcare professionals/first responders taking care of your or your child.
Duchenne Info – Wallet Card
Based on idea that Arizona parent Jill Castle had, this business card is an easy way for you to educate someone you run into about Duchenne muscular dystrophy. When you are at a loss for words or don’t have the time to explain Duchenne, this card is all you need to say.