You have just given a 10-year-old boy an injection of pollen extract as prescribed by his allergist. You are about to move on to the next patient when the boy starts to complain about nausea and a funny feeling in his chest. You note that his face is flushed and his voice sounds muffled and strained. Which of the following is the first priority in managing this episode of anaphylaxis?

a. Endotracheal intubation

b. Intramuscular injection of diphenhydramine

c. Administration of oxygen

d. Subcutaneous injection of 1:1000 epinephrine

e. Administration of corticosteroids

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