49 more graduate from Orthodox Church-sponsored training courses on care of the injured

Moscow, June 27, 2022

Graduates of casualty care courses.

Another group of volunteers attended training courses on caring for the wounded, organized by the Training Center of the Metropolitan Central Clinical Hospital of St. Alexiy, Metropolitan of Moscow, and the Synodal Department of Church Charity and Service Social of the Moscow Patriarchate. Another 49 graduates received state-issued certificates. This is the 14th group of students trained in classes since the beginning of May. The certificates were presented to the graduates by the chairman of the Synodal Department for Charity, Bishop Panteleimon de Verey, reports Patriarchia.ru.

During the training, students have mastered the knowledge and skills that will enable them to professionally care for the injured in hospitals. The course included theoretical and practical lessons on the care of bedridden patients: feeding, moving and hygiene of the patient. Classes were conducted by teachers of the training center of St. Alexiy Hospital.

Maxim Yurasov, an orthopedic traumatologist at St. Alexiy Hospital, introduced the audience to the basic concepts of emergency medicine. He completed his residency at the Department of Traumatology, Orthopedics and Military Field Surgery at Yaroslavl State Medical University and worked in emergency trauma for more than 20 years. “As part of a highly specialized multidisciplinary team, he visited Gorlovka in the Donbass twice in the spring to strengthen the city’s medical services in conditions of mass admission of wounded.

During the course, students also studied the psychological aspects of interacting with people in stressful situations. The lecture was given by a crisis psychologist, Candidate of Psychological Sciences Larisa Pyzhyanova. She has been engaged in psychological counseling for over 25 years and worked as a psychologist for the Ministry of Emergency Situations for 10 years. Larisa Pyzhyanova participated in resolving the consequences of 45 emergency situations.

The courses pay particular attention to the spiritual foundations of charity. These classes were led by Bishop Panteleimon and the confessor of St. Alexiy Hospital, Archpriest Sergiy Klyaev. Before taking office, Fr. Sergiy worked as a doctor in the intensive care unit for newborns.

“Nothing can replace faith in Christ. I’m talking about a living connection with Christ, living with Christ and in Christ. Of course, natural goodness is present in every person, but if natural virtue – conscience, love of country, love of children and respect for elders – is not based on faith in Christ, then it is difficult to live in the modern world. . Without faith, even his good qualities are distorted, become weak and can turn into evil,” Bishop Panteleimon noted during the classes.

As of June 23, 204 people have been trained in the casualty care courses, organized by the Training Center of St. Alexiy Hospital and the Synodal Department of Charity. Since May 2022, more than 1,100 volunteer applications have been submitted.

“It is a joy that so many people have expressed a desire to devote their free time and energy to charity and help those in need. Many of those who have signed up for the courses have already been trained at the Center training under the Junior Nurse program and have experience caring for seriously ill people in covid hospitals and hospices. Now it is important for them to learn how to care for the injured,” said said Olga Bazhenova, head of the training center.

The Training Center organized the same courses on the care of the wounded in May in Rostov-on-Don. 30 people were trained – sisters of mercy and volunteers from the Mercy-on-the-Don relief service and Rostov parishes.

Currently, Orthodox volunteers help the wounded in Moscow and Moscow region hospitals, in the Rostov-on-Don military hospital, in Novoazovskaya and in Mariupol hospitals.

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