A patient is brought to the ED by friends. The friends tell the nurse that the patient was using cocaine at a party. On arrival to the ED the patient is in visible distress with an axillary temperature of 40.1C (104.2F). What would be the priority nursing action for this patient?

Answer Explanation: Although all of the listed actions may be necessary for this patients care, the priority is to establish a patent airway and adequate ventilation.

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