Care Surgical Spirit

PIP Code: 103-1277


For the prevention of bed sores and hardening the skin of the feet

Care Surgical Spirit is an essential product for anyone bed bound to prevent painful bed sores. It can also be used to prevent hardening of the skin on the feet. Not to be used on broken skin. Children, adults and the elderly can all benefit from Care Surgical Spirit. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should only use if advised by a doctor.

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Methyl Salicylate 0.5%
Suitable for children, adults and the elderly
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200ml Liquid

More about this product

  • Directions for use
  • Prescribing Information
  • Self Care Advice
  • FAQs

Directions for use

Topical use

Recommended Doses

Adults, elderly and children: apply directly to the skin with cotton wool as required. Do not apply to broken skin. For external use only.

Prescribing Information

Product Authorisation Holder:L.C.M. Limited., Linthwaite Laboratories, Huddersfield, HD7 5QH
Legal classification:GSL
Product name:Surgical Spirit BP
Ingredients:Methyl Salicylate
Indications:To prevent bed sores and for hardening the skin of the feet.
Information about this product, including adverse reactions, precautions, contra-indications, and method of use can be found at:


Self Care Advice

Treatments for bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores) depend on how severe they are.

For some people, they’re an inconvenience that requires minor nursing care. For others, they can be serious and lead to life-threatening complications, such as blood poisoning.

Ways to stop pressure ulcers getting worse and help them heal include:

Applying special dressings that speed up the healing process and may help to relieve pressure; Moving and regularly changing your position; Using specially designed static foam mattresses or cushions, or dynamic mattresses and cushions that have a pump to provide a constant flow of air; Eating a healthy, balanced diet; A procedure to clean the wound and remove damaged tissue (debridement).

Surgery to remove damaged tissue and close the wound is sometimes used in the most serious cases.


What are bedsores?

Bedsores (pressure ulcers or pressure sores) are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin.

What are the symptoms of a pressure ulcer?

Early symptoms of a pressure ulcer include:
  • Part of the skin becoming discoloured – people with pale skin tend to get red patches, while people with dark skin tend to get purple or blue patches
  • Discoloured patches not turning white when pressed
  • A patch of skin that feels warm, spongy or hard
  • Pain or itchiness in the affected area

When should a patient seek further medical advice for a pressure ulcer?

If in hospital or a care home, the patient should tell their healthcare team as soon as possible if they develop symptoms of a pressure ulcer. It'll probably continue to get worse if nothing is done about it.The patient should be regularly monitored and offered advice and treatment to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, but sometimes they can develop even with the highest standards of care.If the patient is recovering from illness or surgery at home, or are caring for someone confined to bed or a wheelchair, they should contact their GP surgery if they think they or the person they’re caring for might have a pressure ulcer.
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    Consumer Benefits

Consumer Benefits

  • Essential product for anyone bed bound to prevent painful bed sores;
  • Can be used to harden the skin on the feet;
  • Can be used by children, adults and the elderly.

Did you know?

Bedsores can happen to anyone, but usually affect people confined to bed or who sit in a chair or wheelchair for long periods of time.

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