It's sad that things like that happen but I think this is where it is important that not only do we as nurses teach our patients, but I feel we also have an obligation to teach the general public. Whether it be through writing letters to the editor, volunteering within our community to teach first aid (where you would learn not to move someone in that situation), or even taking the time to correct inaccurate information from a conversation that you are overhearing. As a nurse, we can help teach the public about helping others through these examples and try to help to prevent these mistakes from happening.
A good one that I always think of is how the public, and sadly health care professionals too, believe that the flu shot is for the "stomach flu" and discuss how they don't bother to get the flu shot because it "gives them the flu" or it doesn't work, when they are very misinformed as to what the flu shot is. I think a good education campaign on this could help decrease the number of influenza infections.