TABLE 1.

Purported Advantages of the AL

  1. The promotion of bronchial drainage.

  2. A more uniform alveolar aeration.

  3. Increase of any absorption of oxygen thorugh the skin.

  4. Relieving and protecting against atelectasis.

  5. Provides a breathing exercise and improves muscle tone.

  6. Combats acute pulmonary edema.

  7. Provides favorable conditions for the diffusion and use of oxygen by the premature infant.

  • Bloxsom AP. J Pediatr. 1950;37:314.