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The Quick Way to Earn Credits

Meet your EMS recertification requirements with CAPCE-accredited articles.



1 Month

Earn 1 CEU by reading CAPCE-approved articles on The JEMS Academy and completing the final exam.



1 Year

Unlock access to 60+ CEUs with courses covering critical EMS topics, including: Airway/Respiration/Ventilation, Trauma, Medical, Operations, and Cardiovascular.

What’s Included in the medical JEMS CEU?

Facial Weakness, Palsy, and Stroke

Facial weakness, palsy, and stroke are all serious medical conditions that can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life. The ability to communicate, eat, and perform everyday tasks can all be compromised when facial muscles are weakened or paralyzed. It is critical that providers are up to date with signs, symptoms, and additional considerations and risk factors for patients with these conditions.

This JEMS CEU course will examine how to differentiate between facial weakness caused by Bell’s Palsy vs. Acute Stroke, diseases that mimic stroke, as well as stroke evaluation and triage.

Stroke Compendium

Learning how to properly diagnose a stroke is a matter of life and death. (Image: CanStockPhoto/focalpoint)


Number of CEUs Granted:

Estimated Reading Time: 1 hr

National Registry Category: Medical


Differentiating Facial Weakness Caused by Bell’s Palsy vs. Acute Stroke

By: Michael T. Mullen, MD and Caitlin Loomis, MD

Identifying Diseases that Mimic Strokes

By: Richard A. Walker, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Weakness Unchecked: A Case of Severe Muscle Weakness

By: Joshua Nackenson, MD, NRP and Jonathan Brewer, MD

Nashville EMS Crew Alertly Activates Stroke System

By: Jimmy Closser, BSN, RN, CEN, AEMT

EMS Industry Leader’s Story: Surviving Two Vertebral Artery Dissections

By: Anne Mullally

A Paradigm Shift in EMS Evaluation of Stroke

By: Coty Aiken, Lee Gillum, MPH, LP, EMS-CC, Jordan Anderson, Robert L. Dickson, Kevin Crocker, and Guy R. Gleisberg, MBA, BSEE, NREMT-B, EMS-I

Stroke Triage: EMS Needs a Diagnostic Tool That Goes Beyond a Simple History & Physical Exam

By: Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP

Three Things All EMS Providers Can Do to Assist in the Timely and Accurate Administration of IV tPA in Cases of Acute Ischemic Stroke

By: Hunter R. Harbold LP, MPA, FP-C