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A young male is experiencing signs and symptoms of anaphylactic shock after being stung by a scorpion. His level of consciousness is diminished, his breathing is severely labored, you can hear inspiratory stridor, and his face is cyanotic. The patient has a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector. What should you do first?
Assist him in administering his epinephrine. Rationale: This is part of the treatment, but only after the breathing has been addressed.
Apply high-flow oxygen via nonrebreathing mask. Rationale: Respirations need assistance due to diminished breathing.