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The present study on prevalence of bacterial isolates causing Septicemia among Hospitalized patients in a tertiary care hospital was conducted in the department of microbiology, SreeBalaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. From July 2014 to July 2015. A total of 120 blood samples (under SIRS criteria) were collected in the age group between 16 to 65 years. In this study, increased incidence of septicemia was seen among patients with symptoms of Fever (100%), Anemia (50%) and Respiratory Distress & Urine symptoms (23.33%). Blood culture was found to be positive in 48 (40%) of clinically suspected cases of septicemia. The organisms isolated were Coagulase negative staphylococcus (CONS) 12(25%), Staphylococcus aureus 10 (20.83%), Escherichia coli 10 (20.83%), Pseudomonas species 6 (12.5%) Salmonella typhi 1 (2.08%) and Acinetobacter species 1(2.08%). Most of the Gram-positive organism were susceptible to Vancomycin& Linezolid and most of the Gram-negative organism were susceptible to Amikacin, imipenem&piperacillin/tazobactam. In this study, patients with septicemia were found to be associated with high morbidity & mortality.