A 2-year-old girl is playing in the garage, only partially supervised by her father, who is weed-whacking around the garden gnomes in the front yard. He finds her in the garage, gagging and vomiting. She smells of gasoline. In a few minutes she stops vomiting, but later that day she develops cough, tachypnea, and subcostal retractions. She is brought to your emergency center. Which of the following is the most appropriate first step in management?

a. Administer charcoal

b. Begin nasogastric lavage

c. Administer ipecac

d. Perform pulse oximetry and arterial blood gas

e. Administer gasoline binding agent intravenously

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